Killing of Steve Wiley in Mississippi in 1931


Case summary

Steve Wiley was killed in 1931 by a lynch mob in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Wiley was alleged to have attempted to attack one Mrs. Fulghum, wife of a store owner. Claiming that Wiley followed her and tried to wrestle a gun from her, Mrs. Fulghum shot at Wiley, wounding him. Wiley was arrested and then taken from police officers by a mob and hung on a railroad trestle.


Date of incident: 1931-03-22
Location: Inverness, Sunflower County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: attacking a white woman; attempting rape

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