Killing of Nelson McAlpin in Louisiana


Case summary

Nelse McAlpin (1917-1941), a sawmill worker, was murdered, possibly by a lynch mob, near Greenwood, Louisiana. McAlpin's body was found hanging on a wire fence by the highway. Police believed he died from a blow to the head in Texas and his body taken over the state line. Some half-dozen Black men were arrested for the murder; at least five or released for lack of evidence.


Date of incident: on or before 1941-10-19
Location: Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Location type: public space - rural
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Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: no
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