Killing of Charles Anderson in Louisiana in 1937


Case summary

Charles Anderson, age 17, a laborer, was killed in 1937 by Captain Frank Lannes and Detective William Grosch in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anderson was arrested for alleged attacks on white women and stealing their purses. Lannes and Grosch took Anderson with them when they searched his rooming house for evidence and shot him as he walked down the stairs of the house. They claimed they shot him because he was trying to flee. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1937-11-25
Location: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: snatching a purse; resisting arrest; raping two white women

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

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