Killing of Madison Harris in Georgia in 1946


Case summary

Madison Harris, 21, a domestic laborer and WWII veteran, was killed in 1946 by T. H. Purl, a streetcar motorman in Atlanta, Georgia. Witnesses claimed Harris had disembarked from the trolley when Harris shot him. Purl claimed the young man flashed a gun on the streetcar, then got off. Grand jury declined to indict. A Recorder’s Court judge cleared Purl. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Date of incident: 1946-04-10
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: public conveyance
Allegation against victim: having a gun

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

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: no
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

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