22. The Sarasota Vigilance Committee
This committee was originally founded as a political club that “removed all the obnoxious people”, but took a turn for the worse in 1884. They called themselves a democratic club and made it their purpose to secretly murder those that opposed their political views, deeming them obnoxious.
This committee required new members from different communities and controlled them with fear and intimidation. Throughout this group’s lifespan, there were three noted killings. Because of these killings, 9 members were placed on trial and convicted of murder.
Following these convictions, members of the community disputed this, causing more unrest in the country. Among the 9 that were charged, four received life sentences, three were sentenced to death, and two were acquitted.