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When questioned he seemed to know nothing of the matter & when confronted by the informers, he still persisted in his innocence. (...)He was 'tis supposed stung with the heghnousness of his guilt, ashamed perhaps to look a master in the face against whom he could urge no plea to paliate his intended diabolical plan; for the took an oppy. in the middle of the river to throw himself overboard & was immediately drowned.
Context: black slave, 19th century, USA