Killing of John C. Jones in Louisiana in 1946


Case summary

John C. Jones (1915-1946), an oil refinery worker and WWII veteran, was kidnapped from a jail cell and beaten to death by a group of men in Webster Parish, Louisiana. Jones and his cousin Albert Harris, Jr., were accused of peering into a white woman’s house through the window. They were arrested and taken to jail, then kidnapped, taken to a nearby bayou, beaten, and left for dead. Harris survived but Jones did not. The DOJ pursued a criminal jury trial against the assailants. The jury acquitted the men.


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

Date of incident: 1946-08-08
Location: Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: engaging in peeping tom behavior; attempting to rape a white woman

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

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Chicago 44-58

New Orleans 44-131

San Francisco 44-29

New Orleans 44-150

DOJ case ID:


Civil lawsuits/claims filed: yes

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