Nathan Reid
Ethnicity African-American

December 25/26, 1887
Worth County, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date December 25/26, 1887
Location(s) Worth County, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Knife

Nathan Reid (also identified as Nathaniel Read) was an African-American who killed his wife and six children in Worth County, Georgia, United States during the night from December 25 to December 26, 1887.

That night Reid, who was unhappy with his wife, sent a boy living with the family after a doctor, and then murdered his family. Afterwards he set his home on fire, cut his own throat several times with a knife and eventually drowned himself in a well. The murders were discovered when the boy and the doctor returned and found the house burnt down.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. An awful tragedy, Sacramento Daily Union (December 28, 1887)
  2. Seven murders and a suicide, The Evening Bulletin (December 29, 1887)
  3. Horrible crime in Georgia, Logansport Pharos (December 28, 1887)
  4. Seven murders and a suicide, Newark Daily Advocate (December 29, 1887)
  5. Horrible Butchery, The Abbeville Press and Banner (January 11, 1888)
  6. Seven people killed, The Atlanta Constitution (December 28, 1887) (p. 2)

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