A 35-year-old black farm labourer from Shellbourne, Nova Scotia, shot dead his stepbrother, claiming self-defence because his kinsman had grabbed a glass, intending to strike him.

Everett Farmer killed his victim, Zechariah Farmer, in August 1937. The two men lived in a community rife with alcohol problems, poverty and racism, and Zechariah himself had been acquitted of shooting dead a cousin in 1919.

Everett Farmer pleaded it was a case of manslaughter, but in a two-day trial the jury found him guilty of murder and he was hanged in Shellbourne Prison on Wednesday, December 15th, 1937. Worldwide Hangings from True Crime Library.

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