The State vs. the Dead Body of negro woman slave

The brain upon examination was found in such a state of [?] as to be almost in a fluid condition.

Date: 
July 12, 1851

Deceased

Description: 
negro woman slave
Sex: 
Female
Cause of Death: 
Homicide
Cause of Death Method: 
blunt instrument
Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say … are inclined to the belief that there might have been violence inflicted which might have caused death upon the head or throat. Those parts being in so [?] a state of decomposition that it was impossible to determine whether there had been injuries inflicted on those parts or not.

Slave Status: 
Slave
Owner: 
William Pattison

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
magistrate acting as coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at Jackson Pattison's

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Westly Pattison
Perpetrator Description: 
Brother of owner
Keywords: 
master-slave violence
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