Killing of Charles Evans in Arkansas in 1936


Case summary

Charles Evans, 50, a farmer and preacher, was killed in 1936 by a mob of police officers and citizens in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Evans was accused of having too much “religious zeal.” It was said he created a disturbance at the home of his employer and later fled to a woman’s home, where he barricaded himself in. A standoff between Evans and the police ensued, in which Evans allegedly shot two officers, wounding them. A mob surrounded the house, used tear gas bombs and fired shots into the house, killing Evans.


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Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1936-07-01
Location: Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: running amok; attacking a white man; resisting arrest

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