Killing of Phillip Baker in Georgia in 1936


Case summary

Phillip Baker, 32, was killed in 1936 by a mob in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. While being transferred from one jail to another one, Baker, who was accused of attacking two white women and beating a Black woman, was kidnapped, hanged, and shot by a mob of between thirty and forty masked men. A grand jury investigated the matter. The official record states that Baker came to his death at the hands of “parties unknown.”


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

Date of incident: 1936-03-14
Location: Cusseta, Chattahoochee County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: attacking two white women and a Black woman

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

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

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