A witness turns her back on the scene of an angry murder as Gastonia NC USA police survey a scene now just holding a mix of bloodstains and bandage wrappers.

Nikon F2 24mm lens 1/250sec f11 EI400 Tri-x film

“Witness to murder” was featured in Shades of Grey 12/12/09


police, murder, witness, gastonia, larry grayam


  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Wow Larry you really have capture the story with this shot….What year was it?

  • Thanks John in 1974 I moved to Gastonia NC to take a newspaper job. This was one of the 100+ homocides I covered in two years there. This woman witnessed her husband killing his father, over a long standing fued.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 4 years ago

    Wow! what a sad but brilliant capture

  • Thanks Clare,

    – Larry Grayam

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 4 years ago

    What an incredible moment you’ve captured Larry – so intense and emotional.

  • My time in North Carolina put me in the middle of many scenes like this.

    – Larry Grayam

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 4 years ago

    What an awful sense of after-shock caught on your camera, Larry. You must have witnessed some pretty awful scenes yourself.

  • Yes Carol and many photos were never published.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Duffboy
    Duffboyabout 4 years ago

    What a bittersweet capture… Very effective decision of framing with landscape.

  • Thanks Duffboy.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Tony  Glover
    Tony Gloveralmost 4 years ago

    certainly a decisive moment,.reminds me of JFK type imagery

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoabout 2 years ago

    Wow, what a story!
    Brilliant capture and splitting difference.

  • Natasha  Perova
    Natasha Perovaabout 2 years ago


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