Killing of Bill Cowart in Mississippi in 1947
Bill Cowart (1913-1947), a sharecropper, was killed by police officer(s) in Tylertown, Walthall County, Mississippi. Cowart’s cousin, N.C. Cowart, told the FBI that Bill lived on the farm of William Harvey, and that he had a history of mental illness. On the day of Bill Cowart’s death, Harvey had taken him to the Tylertown jail for transport to a mental hospital. When Bill realized what was happening, he took a swing at one of the officers, who then fatally shot him. N.C. believed that the shooter was Walthall County Sheriff Marshal Bullock.