Killing of Aletha Bell Carter in South Carolina in 1945


Case summary

Aletha Bell Carter, 17, a high school girl, was killed in 1945 in Horry County, South Carolina. Carter disappeared after leaving home to go to a store. She was found dead in a ditch. Although her death certificate stated the cause of death as drowning, an examination revealed that Carter was struck and raped. A white insurance agent was suspected of raping and killing Carter.


Date of incident: 1945-08-15
Location: Pine Island, Horry County, South Carolina
Location type: public space - rural
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Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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