Colonial America’s oldest murder solved

Published on June 26th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists have solved the murder mystery surrounding JR102C, one of Jamestown’s first settlers, who was found with a lead bullet in his leg.

Now, 17 years later, the forensic archaeologists at Jamestown may have identified the victim and, therefore, the perpetrator of the crime. Recent evidence, Kelso says, points to a duel in 1624 “where a man named George Harrison took a bullet in the leg and later died from it.”

The bullet, found by researchers, “hit the right side of the knee suggesting the man was standing sideways, which would happen in a duel,” says Kelso. “It is possible that JR102C is that man.”

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Story: Linton Weeks, NPR | Photo: Preservation Virginia (Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

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