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More often than not, victims would be dismembered and mob members would take pieces of their flesh and bone as souvenirs. Generally speaking and especially early on, the white press wrote sympathetically about lynchings and their necessity to preserve order in the south. In the Maryville, Missouri, lynching of Raymond Gunn, the crowd estimated at 2, to 4, was at least a quarter women, and included hundreds of children. The end of Reconstruction ushered in a widespread campaign of racial terror and oppression against newly freed black Americans, of which lynching was a cornerstone.