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Hopkins was eventually replaced by Gore, an ambitious overseer who was exceptionally cruel.  Douglass remembers an episode when Gore whipped a slave named Demby so badly that Demby  ran into a deep, flowing creek to soothe his shoulders. Gore warned that he would shoot if Demby  didn't come out of the creek. Gore counted to three, and Demby still failed to emerge from the creek.  Without further warning, Gore cocked his musket and killed Demby. Gore later explained to Lloyd  that the killing served as an example to other slaves: disobey — and die. Douglass elaborates that  killing a slave is not considered a crime by the courts nor by the community in Maryland. He provides  two more examples of owners who murdered their slaves but escaped punishment from the courts  and censure from the community. Slave owners and their overseers are the law. This chapter makes it clear that slaves live in continual 
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