Customs Agent Daniel A. Romberger

Customs Agent Daniel A. Romberger

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, April 25, 1932

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Daniel A. Romberger

Customs Agent Daniel Romberger was beaten to death by four men in a boat in the ocean off Dania Beach, Florida, after he refused a $2,000 bribe.

The men forced Customs Agent Romberger into their boat in front of several witnesses after he caught them unloading illegal rum on Dania Beach. They took him out to sea after abducting him. His badly beaten body washed up on the beach the next day. All four suspects were arrested and charged with murder. Only two were tried and both were acquitted.

The case was a very difficult one because both were notorious gangsters with ties to the underworld. They stayed in and out of trouble for bootlegging, rum-running, and illegal gambling establishments from 1925 until they died in the 1970s. They spent some time in jails and the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for liquor violations and tax evasion, but never more than two years.

Customs Agent Romberger was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Acquitted

alcohol violation, smuggling

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Agent Romberger,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country -not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 25, 2022

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