Killing of Howard Wilpitz in Texas in 1942


Case summary

Howard Wilpitz, age 32, a rice field worker who was about to be inducted into the army, was killed in 1942 by a mob of thirty men in Brookshire, Waller County, Texas. Wilpitz was out celebrating his induction into the military when Constable Fritz Abel and H. Cooper, a night watchman, ordered him to leave town. A struggle ensued, during which Wilpitz was shot in the leg and managed to shoot a gun out of the hand of one of the officers. Wilpitz ran for cover, but the officers assembled a mob, which riddled Wilpitz’s body with bullets.


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

Date of incident: 1942-02-21
Location: Brookshire, Waller County, Texas
Location type: private space - other
Allegation against victim: arguing; exhibiting drunkenness

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

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
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FBI case ID:

Houston 44-12

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