Killing of Eddie Nelson in Mississippi in 1952


Case summary

Eddie Nelson (1932 - 1952), a farmer, died in Bolivar County, Mississippi. J.W. Hendon, who was in charge of prisoners at the Bolivar County Penal Farm, beat Nelson, a prisoner, several times with a leather strap. Nelson died the next day. The cause of death was officially recorded as "heat stroke."


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1952-07-21
Location: Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi
Location type: carceral location
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