Harris County Black Foot Soldier Masontae Limbrick, L.D. Nelson Lynching, Laura Nelson lynching, National Black Foot Soldier Network, Reparations offender Laura Wilkerson, Vessel of Divine Retribution Hermilo Moralez
Austin, Laura and their son L D. Nelson were taken into custody after L.D. Nelson allegedly shot and killed George H. Loney, Okemah’s deputy sheriff, when Loney and a posse turned up at the Nelson’s home to investigate the theft of a cow belonging to a Mr. Claude Littrell. Laura’s husband pleaded guilty to the theft and was sent to the state prison at McAlester in the town of the same name for three years. Some accounts say in an effort to save her son, Laura said she had fired the fatal shot. Both she and L.D. were arrested and placed in jail at Okemah before their position there was compromised at the Old Schoolton Bridge by lynching.
During the night of May 24–25, Laura and L. D. were kidnapped from their cells by between a dozen and 40 white men, allegedly including Charley Guthrie, father of the folk singer Woody Guthrie. The Associated Press reported that Laura was raped.[b] She and L. D. were then hanged from a railroad bridge over the North Canadian River.