Milo John Kennedy
Officer Milo John Kennedy was on night foot patrol on August 7,
was drawn to a group of gang members who had assembled in
Logan Circle Park in Washington, D.C. One of the gang members had thrown a
rock at the policeman and Officer
immediately arrested him.
While he was walking his prisoner to the call
was knocked unconscious from behind by a thrown brick. Then
the gang closed in. As many as 15 people in all took part in the savage
beating. Officer died the next day from the terrible injuries he had
Justice in the case was swift. Within a few months of the crime,
three men were convicted of first degree murder. And just two years later
they were led one by one to the electric chair at the D.C. Jail. It was
only the second triple execution in D.C. history, lasting a total of just
From the Archives of the Washington Post®
Edited for content
following are the actual headlines and abstracts from the Washington Post
archives that chronicle the mob action beating that led to the death of
U.S. Park Police Officer Milo J. Kennedy in 1932, from beginning to end.
Note: Words in parentheses have been added.) Research done by Bob Harvey
MOB'S ATTACK CAUSES DEATH OF POLICEMAN
August 8, 1932
Private Milo J. Kennedy, of Park Force, dies from injuries. Private Milo
J. Kennedy, 28 years old, of the United States Park Police, died shortly
after 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Garfield Hospital, as the result of
a brutal beating at the hands of a mob twelve hours before, as he sought
to arrest one of their number at Logan Circle.
MURDER LAID TO SIX IN PRIVATE'S DEATH
August 9, 1932
Police say five admit part in brutal mob attack on Park Policeman. Six men
were charged with murder last night in connection with the fatal beating
administered to Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy in Logan Circle early
Sunday. Three others were charged with being accessories and police are
still seeking three more men who are supposed to have had a leading part
in the gang attack on Kennedy.
NINE WILL FACE JURY IN PRIVATE'S DEATH
August 10, 1932
Three men charged as chief assailants of Park Policeman Kennedy. Nine
colored (black) men, three of them charged as principals and six as
accessories, were held for the grand jury yesterday by a coroner's jury in
connection with the death of Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy, who died
after being beaten by a gang of men early Sunday in Logan Circle.
MILITARY FUNERAL IS GIVEN KENNEDY
August 11, 1932
Policeman, victim of mob beating, is interred in Arlington plot. Private
Milo J. Kennedy, of the United States Park Police, fatally beaten by a mob
of (black) colored men early last Sunday in Logan Circle Park, was buried
in Arlington Nations Cemetery with full military honors. A large
delegation of park and metropolitan police attended the rites.
9 INDICTED IN DEATH OF PARK POLICEMAN
August 26, 1932
3 are fugitives as 6 remain in jail without bail on murder charges. In a
37 page indictment, returned yesterday to Justice Daniel W. O'Donoghue, in
the District Supreme Court, nine Negros (black men) were charged with the
murder of Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy, in Logan Circle, August 7. Three
of the indicted are fugitives and the other six are being held without
bail in the District Jail.
SIX MEN ARE ARRAIGNED IN KILLING OF POLICEMAN
August 31, 1932
Six of the men accused in the slaying of Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy
were arraigned in the District Supreme Court yesterday on charges of first
degree murder. Each entered a plea of not guilty. Three others also named
in a murder indictment are fugitives and Justice Daniel W. O'Donoghue
issued bench warrants for their arrests.
PROSECUTION OF SIX IS OPENED IN DEATH OF PARK POLICEMAN
October 19, 1932
Three women and nine men on jury hearing evidence in fatal attack. With a
jury of nine men and three women, the Government yesterday opened the
prosecution of six colored men (black men) on a charge of murdering Park
Policeman Milo J. Kennedy in Logan Circle, in August.
U.S. RESTS IN TRIAL OF 6 CHARGED WITH SLAYING
Jury hears attack described and conspiracy outlined; Defense opens today.
Graphic descriptions of the manner in which a group of (black) colored men
first knocked down Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy, and then beat him to
death in Logan Circle last August, yesterday were given the District
Supreme Court jurors sitting in the trial of six men charged with the
3 FREED IN SLAYING OF PARK POLICEMAN; OTHERS GO
October 21, 1932
One accused of doing most of "Dirty Work," testifies he was drunk. Over
the strenuous objections of the Government, Chief Justice Alfred A. Wheat
yesterday freed three of the six (black) colored men who are being tried
in his court on a charge of murdering Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy last
August in Logan Circle.
BRUTALITY IS DENIED IN INVESTIGATION OF POLICE
October 22, 1932
Suspects in killing were not mistreated, Court is told by probers. Six
policemen, all of whom were actively identified with the investigation
into the slaying of Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy in Logan Circle in
August, yesterday took the stand in District Supreme Court and denied that
they had mistreated any of the suspects.
TRIO TO GO TO CHAIR IN POLICE MURDER
October 25, 1932
Men found guilty of slaying Milo J. Kennedy at Logan Circle. Three (black)
colored men last night were convicted by a jury in District Supreme Court
of the slaying on August 6 in Logan Circle of Park Policeman Milo J.
NEW TRIAL SOUGHT IN POLICE SLAYING
October 29, 1932
Three convicted of killing file plea in District Supreme Court.
KENNEDY'S SLAYERS DENIED NEW TRIAL
November 11, 1932
Justice Wheat gives trio death in chair for killing policeman. Three
(black) colored men, convicted two weeks ago of slaying Park Policeman
Milo J. Kennedy in Logan Circle last August, were formally sentenced to
electrocution yesterday by Chief Justice A. A. Wheat, in the District
Supreme Court, when he denied a motion for a new trial. The date of
execution will be set next week.
THREE KILLERS LOSE FIGHT AGAINST CHAIR
June 27, 1933
The District Court of Appeals yesterday affirmed the conviction of three
(black) colored men who were sentenced to electrocution on a charge of
slaying Policeman Milo J. Kennedy.
3 JAILED FOR SEEKING TO AID DOOMED SLAYERS
August 6, 1933
Three (black) colored men were arrested yesterday in the District Wood
Yard, where they appeared with a petition urging the United States Supreme
Court to release three (black) colored men sentenced to the electric chair
for the death of Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy, who was beaten to death
by a mob on August 6, 1932.
ROOSEVELT REFUSED TO AID 3 KILLERS
January 7, 1934
Policeman's slayers to die Thursday. Three (black) colored men, convicted
of slaying Park Policeman Milo J. Kennedy, will be electrocuted at the
District Jail Thursday, it was indicated yesterday when word was received
that President Roosevelt had refused to interfere.
LABOR DEFENSE SEEKS TO SAVE DOOMED TRIO
January 10, 1934
Demonstration planned tomorrow in hope of clemency. A massed demonstration
and final plea for clemency in behalf of three (black) colored men,
scheduled to be electrocuted Friday for the murder of Park Policeman Milo
J. Kennedy, is planned tomorrow by the International Labor Defense.
MURDER TRIO PUT TO DEATH IN MESS HALL
January 13, 1934
Three men died in the District Jail mess hall yesterday. Scene of
executions quickly converted for noon-day meal.