Killing of Esau Copeland in Georgia in 1952


Case summary

Esau Copeland (1914 - 1952), a farmer and bootlegger, was killed in a car crash with H. B. Moore, a state revenue agent in Meriwether, Georgia. Copeland’s family reported that he was robbed and killed by the Meriwether county sheriff S. H. Gill and his deputies. An FBI investigation reported that the allegation was unfounded and that Gill and his deputies were not present in the incident. The investigation stated that Copeland, allegedly a bootlegger, died from injuries sustained from the crash following the chase by Moore.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1952-10-30
Location: Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: bootlegging

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FBI case ID:

Atlanta 44-494

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