County Policeman William Lee Cape

County Policeman William Lee Cape

Pickens County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 17, 1927

William Lee Cape

Policeman William Cape was shot and killed while investigating possible moonshining activities. He was shot several times while attempting to search a vehicle. One of the men then drove his body to Bartow County.

His decapitated body was located by a hunter three days later.

Several suspects were apprehended and convicted of Policeman Cape's murder. The shooter was sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Cape had served in law enforcement for 40 years. He had previously served with the United States Marshals Service. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 67
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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For more on Lee Cape see "Legendary Lawman: The Last Raid of Lee Cape." North Georgia Journal 8 (3) (1991): 41-45. I wish that the family would apply to have Cape added to the national memorial to fallen Law enforcement officers in Washington.

Robert Davis
historian

April 7, 2017

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