Bloody Jack Bladon was the first South Carolina constable to draw blood underneath the umbrella of the South Carolina Prohibition and Dispensary Act in 1893. This is the story of his crime and trial. More
In 1893, the State of South Carolina passed into a law a bill that implemented Prohibition within the state. Included in the bill was an amendment that created a dispensary system for the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages by the state itself. The law was unpopular and opposed by many factions, even those with opposing viewpoints. The law was not willingly upheld by state law enforcement agencies, so the governor implemented a constabulary to do so. The constables were a widely despised group of men who suffered at the hands of the people and the state's newspapers. Bloody Jack Bladon was the first constable to draw blood underneath the umbrella of the Dispensary Act. He was a ruthless and wild individual and was said to have been the most desperate man on the force. This is his story.