On the evening of July 25, 1946, a mob of 20 to 30 white men ambushed four African Americans near the Moore’s Ford Bridge linking Walton and Oconee counties, about 50 miles east of Atlanta.
The victims were slaughtered in a barrage of gunfire, their bodies riddled with over 60 bullets then dumped near the banks of the Apalachee River. Their names were George W. Dorsey (a decorated World War II veteran), his wife Mae Murray, Roger Malcolm and his wife Dorothy.
Despite federal grand jury testimony in December 1946 and despite numerous FBI and GBI investigations spanning the next seven decades, no one was ever prosecuted for these murders.
In late 2013, Author/Historian Anthony S. Pitch retained attorney Joseph J. Bell (Bell, Shivas & Bell, P.C., Rockaway, NJ) to petition the courts for the release of the 1946 grand jury transcripts in order to shine the light of truth on a dark corner of American history.
In 1946, Eugene Talmadge runs a racially charged campaign for governor. On July 14, black farmhand Roger Malcolm stabs his boss.
The crime generates national outrage. President Truman sends the FBI to Walton County, Georgia, amid nationwide protests.