Thomas Speer
Ethnicity African-American
Occupation Preacher
Attack information
Date October 7, 1895
Location(s) Milner, Georgia, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 1
Injured 4
Weapon(s) Poison

Thomas Speer was an African-American preacher who poisoned five members of his family, one of them fatally, near Milner, Georgia, United States on October 7, 1895.[1][2][3]

That morning Speer apparently laced coffee with poison, because his wife had refused to pay court costs and a fine for him with her money. He then went off to work on a plantation, while his wife and four children ate breakfast, after which they became sick. Speer was arrested, when his wife accused him of poisoning them. He was charged with murder, since one of his victims, an infant, died.[4][5]

Early reports indicated that he had fatally poisoned eight or nine of his children out of jealousy, while his wife was out of the house.[6][7][8][9]


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