Killing of Laura Wood in North Carolina in 1930


Case summary

Laura Wood (1870 - 1930), a farmer, was found dead near Barber, Rowan County, North Carolina. Wood was found hanging by a plow chain from a tree. It was initially suspected that Wood committed suicide but after an investigation, a coroner’s jury concluded that Wood was hanged after being rendered unconscious. Laura Wood’s husband, Neal Wood, said she left home for an engagement to help with laundering at a nearby house but did not show up.


Date of incident: 1930-02-11
Location: Barber, Rowan County, North Carolina
Location type: unknown - rural
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Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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