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, by rum runners after he refused to accept a $2,000 bribe that the suspects offered him.

The suspects 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, out of sight of everyone. 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 illegal 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

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Rest in peace Officer Romberger.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2019

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