Killing of Wilder Charles McGowan in Mississippi in 1938


Case summary

Wilder Charles McGowan, 29, a trucking business operator, was killed in 1938 by a group of men in Stone County, Mississippi. The group abducted McGowan while he was heading to work and hung him to a tree. He was alleged to have assaulted a 74-year-old white woman.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: posse, police, mob

Date of incident: 1938-11-21
Location: Wiggins, Stone County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: attacking a white woman; not knowing "his place"

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

Criminal process
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