Patrolman Clemmie E. Curtis

Patrolman Clemmie E. Curtis

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1976

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Clemmie E. Curtis

Patrolman Curtis' body was found handcuffed near his patrol car in a wooded area just outside of the Huntington city limit. He had been shot through the chest once. In January of 1985 one of America's worst serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas, on death row in Texas confessed that he and his partner Ottis Toole, on death row in Florida, had killed Patrolman Curtis.

Lucas died in prison in March of 2001. Toole is the primary suspect in the death of Adam Walsh. Police were still investigating the murder when Toole died of cirrhosis of the liver in prison in September of 1996.

Patrolman Curtis had been with the agency for nine years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Clem was in my HHS class of "63". He was best man at my wedding in 1964, I knew him & his wife Paula since their marriage in 1968. I was there in August of 1976 with Paula & the girls through that terrible time when he was murdered. He was a friend, loving husband and caring father. He was a police officer who did his job with compassion. Paula died in 2013 loving Clem until the end. With both of them it was family first. Stil miss you both.

Roberta Kilver Ackerman
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May 13, 2018

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