Killing of Zan Harris in Alabama


Case summary

Zan Harris (1887–1946), a sawmill worker, was killed in Butler County, Alabama and the case was unsolved. His death certificate stated the cause of death as burns and bullet wounds. In March 1955, Harris’ brother Gene Harris said a friend named Wallace Brown told him he had better leave town before he got “the same” as his brother did. Brown said he heard about the threat through a white man named Hamp Blackburn. Blackburn declined to reveal identities of the people who made the threats.


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Date of incident: on or around 1946-03-14
Location: Chapman, Butler County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
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