Killing of Will Dawkins in North Carolina in 1942


Case summary

Will Dawkins (1892 - 1942), a carpenter, was killed by a posse in Richmond County, North Carolina. Dawkins allegedly fatally shot his wife, her two sisters, and one of the sisters’ son. Police chief John B. Fallow sought to arrest Dawkins for the killings but he had fled. The posse found Dawkins in a swamp and fatally shot him. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1942-05-06
Location: Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: killing his wife, three other relatives, and police chief John B. Fallow

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