Killing of Russell Charlie in Alabama in 1954


Case summary

Russell Charlie (1907 - 1954), a saw mill worker, was killed in Monroe County, Alabama. Charlie’s body was discovered near a railroad track. A rubber strap cut from an automobile tire tube was found near the body. A toxicologist concluded that the death was a suicide. However, an informant, Jesse P. Turpin told the FBI that Charlie had been killed by several men, one of whom was reported to be a law enforcement officer. It was said that Charlie was behind on a debt owed to one or more of the men. 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

Date of incident: 1954-05-07
Location: Vredenburgh, Monroe County, Alabama
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: owing a debt; being involved in a dispute over the attentions of a Black woman

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

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

Mobile 44-328

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