|Deputy Dave Ham|
A young father with a growing family, Ham was shot in an escape attempt by two convicted bankrobbers on the evening of the same night that murder suspect Claude Neal was taken from a jail in Brewton, Alabama. The deputy was rushed to a hospital in Chipley and by late night was in surgery. He would live only two more days.
The following is a second excerpt from The Claude Neal Lynching about the night that Deputy Ham was shot:
The gunfire between Cottondale and Chipley on the evening of October 25th played a significant but often underestimated or even ignored role in the events of the next two days. The attention of the sheriff and his deputies was necessarily distracted at a critical moment.
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Book ($19.95) The Claude Neal Lynching: The 1934 Murders of Claude Neal and Lola Cannady
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