Killing of Macio Snipes in Georgia in 1946


Case summary

Macio Snipes, a WWII veteran, was killed in 1946 by Edward Williamson in Taylor County, Georgia. Snipes was the only Black person from the Rupert District to have voted in the Georgia primary. About four white men went to his house and shots were fired. Williamson testified before a jury that Snipes owed him $10, and that he and Linwood Harvey went to his house to to collect the debt. Snipes, allegedly, pulled a knife, causing Williamson to shoot him. In 2008, the F.B.I reviewed the case under the Till Act. In 2010, it closed the case; both Williamson and Harvey had died.


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

Date of incident: 1946-07-18
Location: Rupert, Taylor County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: voting

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

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FBI case ID:

Atlanta 44-135

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Investigated under the Emmett Till Act: yes
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