Charles Davis Lawson
Charles Davis Lawson
Background information
Occupation Tobacco farmer
Born (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886

December 25, 1929(1929-12-25) (aged 43)
Germanton, North Carolina, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date December 25, 1929
Location(s) Germanton, North Carolina, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) 12-gauge shotgun
.25-20 rifle

Charles Davis Lawson was an American tobacco farmer who killed his wife and six children in Germanton, North Carolina, United States on December 25, 1929, before committing suicide.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


Charles Lawson and family

The Lawson family in 1929.


Charles Lawson home

The Lawson family home, where the murders took place.


Charles Lawson grave

The Lawson family grave.

  • Fannie Manring Lawson, 37, his wife
  • Marie Lavon Lawson, 17, his daughter
  • Carrie Lawson, 12, his daughter
  • Maybell Lawson, 7, his daughter
  • James William Lawson, 4, his son
  • Raymond Lawson, 2, his son
  • Mary Lou Lawson, 4 months, his daughter


  • Jones, M. Bruce & Smith, Trudy J.: White Christmas-Bloody Christmas: Finally the True Story of the Lawson Family Murders of Christmas Day; UpWords Publications, 1990. ISBN 9780962810800
  • Smith, Trudy J.: The meaning of our tears: The true story of the Lawson family murders, Christmas Day 1929; DTS Group Inc., 2006. ISBN 9780978802608
  • Casstevens, Frances H.: Death in North Carolina's Piedmont: Tales of Murder, Suicide and Causes Unknown; The History Press, 2006. (pp. 79 - 85) ISBN 9781596291966
  • Hodges, Matt: A Christmas Family Tragedy; Break of Dawn Productions, 2006. (documentary)


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