November 17, 1855. Sporting man Charles Cora brutally murders an unarmed US Marshal William Richardson in San Francisco. The two had some previous encounters and apparently the gambler decides to end things. Cora is arrested and tried–and somehow the jury deadlocks. It’s not clear if there’ll be a new trial, or Cora may walk.
So the Vigilance Committee takes over, lynching Cora and killer James Casey on May 20, 1856.