Georgia Cold Cases

The Georgia Cold Cases Project at Emory University investigates racially motivated civil rights-era murders that took place in the state from the end of World War II to the late 1960s. These are the cases that students have examined, are examining, or will examine in the future. If you have information about any of these cases, or would like to notify the project about a case we may not have listed, please contact us.

This is a map showing the location of all of the cases currently under investigation by the project. You can click on each one to learn more about each case.


George Dorsey, Mae Dorsey, Dorothy Malcom, and Roger Malcom

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The infamous killing of the Malcoms and the Dorseys, two couples, later became known as the “Monroe Massacre” or the “Lynching at Moore’s Ford Bridge.” The two couples were sharecroppers on the farm of J. Loy Harrison. Harrison drove a pregnant Dorothy Malcom and the Dorseys to pick up Roger Malcom from jail, where he had been serving time for stabbing a white farmer. On their drive back, a group of 15 to 20 white men stopped the truck. The gang tied all four men and women to an oak tree and fired an estimated 60 bullets into them. The killings spurred national outrage and even action, as President Truman created the President’s Commission on Civil Rights and attempted to pass anti-lynching legislation. No one was ever tried for the crime.