Accused/arrested Klansman being fingerprinted, Columbus County NC, Feb. 1952

5 thoughts on “Accused/arrested Klansman being fingerprinted, Columbus County NC, Feb. 1952

  1. I am almost certain the officer in the above photo is the late Horace Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a detective and director of the Columbus County Bureau of Indentification under the late H. Hugh Nance while he was Sheriff of Columbus County. The photo appears to have been taken in the old Sheriffs Office which was located upstairs in the Courthouse/Whiteville. I have no clue who the man is being fingerprinted. Mr. Shaw had a long and honorable career in Columbus County until ill health caused his retirement in 1972.

  2. I’m researching information on Horace Shaw and his detective role in Columbus County. I will show this picture to my father and other relatives who still remember him. I have heard much about his work from my parents who also spoke honorably of hime and how he solved one of the most notorius murders in our community.

    If you know how I may be able to gain other information and details on Mr. Shaw, please email back. I would like to chat with anyone who has information about him or can advise me where to look for more details of his work.

  3. Horace Shaw was a legend in Columbus County. When I was very young, I remember the older folks talking about him all the time. They spoke of him as if he was “the law”. Contact Les High. He is the editor of The Whiteville News Reporter. I’m sure he could put you in touch with some older folks who remember him well.

  4. I have responded to this before, I think, but I’ll try again. This Klansman is the lawman who gave Hugh a speeding ticket in a small town in South Carolina when we were on our way home from our honeymoon in December of 1945. I still have the ticket somewhere. It was a speed trap situation that Hugh never forgot or forgave. The man’s name was Early something. (I used to know. I want to add Byrd or something like that, but, after all, it was over 64 years ago.) The fine was about $28.00, and Hugh counted the number of names in the “book” in the back room of the feed store to which we followed the “officer” after his arrest and there were more than 25 earlier victims that same day.
    When Hugh was called by the Associated Press to photograph the gentleman after his arrest in 1952, he told me that he took a shot of him through the bars of the cell (window?) He said, “I could have gotten closer and not shown the bars, but I …” If there is no picture like that in his collection, it might be that he sent the undeveloped film to the wire-service in order to get it to them faster.
    Horace Carter received a Pulitzer for his coverage of the story and Mr.Shaw received much richly deserved praise.

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