Man lynched after argument over price of seeds

October 21, 1916 Abbeville, South Carolina Anthony Crawford is lynched following an argument with a shopkeeper over the price of seeds Crawford had visited the shop of W. D. Barksdale to sell some cotton seeds, the price of which was typically 90 cents per bushel, though Barksdale offered Crawford 85 cents a bushel instead. Crawford…

“The Meanest Man in America” executed

September 6, 1991 Columbia, South Carolina Serial rapist and killer Donald Henry “Pee Wee” Gaskins is executed Gaskins had a troubled life starting at birth, punctuated by neglect from his mother. As young as 8, Gaskins began a string of crimes including robbery and rape. He was sent to a reform school where he was…

The Charleston Church Massacre

June 17, 2015 Charleston, South Carolina A gunman later identified as Dylann Storm Roof (21) shoots worshippers at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing 9 and injuring 1 Roof had initially attended the service but disagreed with some of the church's interpretation of the Scripture. On June 17, pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his…