The spectacle of the dangling corpse, the charred remains of the body, and the stern signs of warning invariably attracted spectators. Local authorities routinely allowed bodies to remain on display for at least several hours and sometimes for days (43).
Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
The undignified way the police kept Michael Brown’s corpse on display is a repetition of a particularly American wound…no new models here: 1880-2014.