James Leeson, Jr.

 

 

Age: 79

 

Summary: Nashville journalist who wrote about race relations, where he made an audiotape in 1951 of the Mississippi execution of Willie McGee, a black man convicted of raping a white woman, in which former Vanderbilt student Alex Heard used the tape as a reference for a new book The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex & Secrets in the Jim Crow South years later.

 

 

Cause of Death: Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound

 

Born: May 13, 1930

 

Died: May 3, 2010

 

Location: Franklin, Tennessee