Allen, Louis

Louis Allen, an independent logger and father of four children, witnessed Lee’s murder and contacted the Justice Department. Several months after Hurst’s trial, the deputy sheriff informed Allen he knew about his contact with the Justice Department and broke his jaw. Allen was also economically harassed and jailed twice on false charges. After his second arrest, in 1963, he overhead the jailer say that a lynch mob was forming outside of the jail. Allen was able to send word to his sons, who stood guard outside of the jail that night. Due to the numerous direct and indirect death threats he received, Allen planned to move to Milwaukee on February 1, but on January 31, 1964, Allen was shot and murdered at his home. No one was ever charged for the murder.

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