Killing of Buster Coxs in Georgia in 1942


Case summary

Buster Coxs (1909-1942), an employee of a yacht club, was killed by Charlie Ellis and O.B. Shaw in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia. Cox, Ellis, and Shaw were all workers at the Yacht Club, a local night spot. Ellis and Shaw poured oil of mustard and turpentine on Cox and then ignited his clothing. Cox died of his burns. A jury convicted on involuntary manslaughter charges.


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Date of incident: 1942-01-05
Location: Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia
Location type: victim's workplace
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Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 1-2 years

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