Killing of Alfred Adams Jr. in Louisiana in 1953


Case summary

Alfred Adams, Jr., 47, died in 1953 after being held in police custody in New Orleans, Louisiana. Police had arrested and charged Adams with aggravated rape of a child, according to newspaper accounts. According to DOJ records, Adams had told relatives that he had been beaten while in custody. He was admitted to the hospital in a coma and died the next day. The DOJ closed the file in 1953.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1953-10-17
Location: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: raping a 3-year-old Black girl

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

New Orleans 44-546

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