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Law Enforcement > Hanging
On May 11, 1912, Alachua County Deputy Sheriff Charles F. Slaughter, accompanied by F. V. White, was dispatched to Archer to quiet a disturbance. Deputy Slaughter and Mr. White were murdered in an ensuing melee, reportedly by Mr. Cain Perry and his son, Fortune. The father and son were convicted of the murder and sentenced to die. On September 27, 1912, Cain and Fortune were hanged in the yard of the county jail in Gainesville. Estimates of the crowd were between 2,500 and 3000 people. Though an anonymous postcard had been sent to the mayor of Archer, C. W. Baldwin, claiming that the entire town would be burned if the men were hung, there was no disorder. The men professed their innocence to the end.
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