Incident Summary:

11/26/1973: Black minister, Edward Pace, is shot and killed in his home in Gadsden, Alabama, in the Untied States, by alleged members of the Ku Klux Klan.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
1445 East Broad Street, in East Gadsden, the home of the victim, Rev. Edward Pace

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Black minister
Specific Description Reverend Edward Pace
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
30-caliber rifle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Three white men, Aubrey Gene Arledge, his son Rickey Gene Arledge, and Bruce Wheeler Botsford, were arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of the reverend. There is uncertainty surrounding their relations, if any, to the KKK.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ku Klux Klan (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 arrested in slaying of minister," Baltimore Afro-American, December 15, 1973.
"Gadsden Slaying," Baltimore Afro-American, December 15, 1973.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.