The death of John Jenkins (alias Thomas Washington).

Wilson Daily Times, 3 July 1931.

According to this news account, Minerva Barnes slashed her brother-in-law John Jenkins across the forearm because he had slapped her sister. However, the dead man’s death certificate reports his name as Thomas Washington

Minerva Barnes’ charges were eventually upgraded to manslaughter, but she was acquitted in February 1932.

Wilson Daily Times, 10 February 1932.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

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