The Mary Turner Project
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Other Victims
In addition to the heinous murders of Mary Turner, her baby, and Sidney Johnson, the following people were also killed that week in May, 1918.

Will Head the first victim, was captured and killed Friday morning, May 17, 1918. When caught by the lynch mob, Mr. Head allegedly confessed to a multi-person plot to murder Smith. Mr. Head was taken to Troupville, Georgia, five miles west of Valdosta and hung from a large oak tree by a mob of three hundred men or more. One report stated that a rope secured to the tree was tied around his neck. He was then forced to climb the tree and jump from a limb. Sometime after the lynching a "court" inquest into his death decreed that he "came to his death by jumping from the limb of a tree with a rope tied around his neck."

Will Thompson was captured by a mob and hung at Camp Ground Church in Morven, Georgia on the evening of Friday May 17, 1918.

Julius Jones was captured and hung late on Friday May 17, 1918. The specifics of his murder were not documented and his body was left hanging for at least one full day so the public could see it.

Hayes Turner was arrested on Saturday, May 19th for allegedly being part of a plot to kill Hampton Smith and was shortly held in the Brooks County jail. While transferring him to the Moultrie, Georgia jail for his safety, Brooks County Sheriff Wade and County Clerk Roland Knight were stopped by a mob of 40 masked men who took Hayes Turner into the night. He was later found hung at the intersection of Morven and Barney roads.

Eugene Rice was captured and hung in the afternoon of Saturday, May 19th at the Camp Ground Church between Morven and Barney, Georgia.

Three unidentified men were found in the Little River south of Barney. Very little is known about whether they were victims of the active mob that week in May or some past lynch mob.

Chime Riley was hung and later thrown into the Little River with clay turpentine cups tied to his body (to weigh it down) near Barney, Georgia.

Simon Schuman was taken from his home near Berlin, Georgia and was never seen again.


The information above is drawn from the following scholarly and historical sources.

Dr. Christopher Myers's article "Killing Them by the Wholesale: A Lynching Rampage in South Georgia" pgs. 214-235 in Georgia Historical Quarterly. Vol. XC. No. 2. Summer 2006.

Walter White's "The Work of a Mob," The Crisis 16 (September 1918), 221.