Killing of Bennie Thompson in South Carolina in 1933
Bennie Thompson, age 38, was killed in 1933 by Burley Leppard and three others—Morris, Mayes, and Webb—in Ninety Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina. Thompson was arrested for pulling a knife on the four men during a fight. Leppard arranged with police chief Calvin Rush to snatch Thompson from jail. Leppard, Morris, Mayes, and Webb beat Thompson to death and left his body off of a highway. Trial jury acquitted. Indictment against Rush was withdrawn. Damage suit brought by Thompson’s widow Ada Thompson was dismissed. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.
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