Killing of Caldwell Washington in Texas in 1933


Case summary

Caldwell Washington (1909-1933), a wooler at a bedding manufacturer, died in Williamson County, Texas. Washington had been accused of stabbing Ernest Hafernick, a white co-worker. Months later, Washington’s remains were found hanging in a tree. Coroner ruled it suicide. The family disputed this, saying Washington’s hands were tied behind his back.


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

Date of incident: 1933-06-10
Location: Rices Crossing, Williamson County, Texas
Location type: private space - agricultural or industrial
Allegation against victim: stabbing a white man; arguing with a white man

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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