Killing of Russell R. Bundy in Virginia in 1952


Case summary

Russell R. Bundy (1917-1952), a Sylvania plant operator, was killed by Eleanor Wellborn in Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia. Bundy was allegedly having an affair with two white women—Wellborn and Mary M. Purks. The three were in a car together when Wellborn fatally shot him. Wellborn was charged with first degree murder. Trial jury convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


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Date of incident: 1952-11-20
Location: Alexandria, City of Alexandria, Virginia
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: doing a white woman wrong

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 2 years

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