Killing of Bo Brinson in Georgia in 1935


Case summary

Bo Brinson, about 30, a farm worker, was killed in 1935 by a posse in Colquitt County, Georgia. The posse was searching Brinson’s home for a Black man accused of killing a white man. They did not find the man they were searching for but became enraged and beat and shot Brinson. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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

Date of incident: 1935-10-16
Location: Moultrie, Colquitt County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: accused in case of mistaken identity

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

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