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June 25, 1876

Commonwealth v. Wade W. Lester, July 1897 (Murder Map), Henry County (Virginia), Commonwealth Causes, Barcode 1154921 (Henry County Oversized Box 3), Local Government Records Collection, Henry County Court Records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

A Map Was Drawn of A Henry County Crime Scene

This plat is from the Henry County criminal cause, Commonwealth v. Wade W. Lester, July 1897. Mill owner Wade W. Lester was charged with poisoning mill hand W. T. Davis. The outcome of the case is unknown. Davis had drunk a fatal mixture of liquor and rat poison, and then staggered home and collapsed in his yard. A dotted line on this map shows the man's meandering walk ending at the "Point at which [he] died." The drawing also depicts buildings, roads, creeks, and railroad lines through the neighborhood.