Killing of Henry Russell in Georgia in 1932


Case summary

Henry Russell, age 43, a sharecropper, was killed in 1932 by a mob in Baker County, Georgia. Russell and landowner John Freeman got into a dispute over the price of a bale of cotton. Russell allegedly wrested a gun from Freeman and fled. Freeman got a warrant for Russell’s arrest and organized Tom Rayfield, Shug Kirsey, Pat Kirsey, Robert Barnett, and John (or George) Williams to apprehend Russell. They snatched Russell from his home, and shot him multiple times as he struggled to escape.


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Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1932-08-27
Location: Newton, Baker County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: fighting with a landlord regarding crops

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