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Charles Davis Lawson
Charles Davis Lawson
Background information
Occupation Tobacco farmer
Born (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886
Died

December 25, 1929(1929-12-25) (aged 43)
Germanton, North Carolina, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date December 25, 1929
Location(s) Germanton, North Carolina, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) 12-gauge shotgun
.25-20 rifle

Charles Davis Lawson was an American tobacco farmer who killed his wife and six children in Germanton, North Carolina, United States on December 25, 1929, before committing suicide.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

LifeEdit

Charles Lawson and family

The Lawson family in 1929.

MurdersEdit

Charles Lawson home

The Lawson family home, where the murders took place.

VictimsEdit

Charles Lawson grave

The Lawson family grave.

  • Fannie Manring Lawson, 37, his wife
  • Marie Lavon Lawson, 17, his daughter
  • Carrie Lawson, 12, his daughter
  • Maybell Lawson, 7, his daughter
  • James William Lawson, 4, his son
  • Raymond Lawson, 2, his son
  • Mary Lou Lawson, 4 months, his daughter

BibliographyEdit

  • Jones, M. Bruce & Smith, Trudy J.: White Christmas-Bloody Christmas: Finally the True Story of the Lawson Family Murders of Christmas Day; UpWords Publications, 1990. ISBN 9780962810800
  • Smith, Trudy J.: The meaning of our tears: The true story of the Lawson family murders, Christmas Day 1929; DTS Group Inc., 2006. ISBN 9780978802608
  • Casstevens, Frances H.: Death in North Carolina's Piedmont: Tales of Murder, Suicide and Causes Unknown; The History Press, 2006. (pp. 79 - 85) ISBN 9781596291966
  • Hodges, Matt: A Christmas Family Tragedy; Break of Dawn Productions, 2006. (documentary)

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