175 years ago today - Sep 16, 1845

Phineas Wilcox was stabbed to death by fellow Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois, because he was believed to be a Christian spy. Wilcox was one of the first victims of "blood atonement," a Mormon doctrine conceived of by Brigham Young, according to which murder is sometimes necessary in order to save a sinful soul.

[Legends of America, Old West Timeline, http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-TimeLine2.html]

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