Chief of Police John T. Rowland

Chief of Police John T. Rowland

Jacksonville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, August 27, 1928

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John T. Rowland

Chief of Police John Rowland died as the result of strychnine poisoning.

A suspect placed the strychnine into Chief Rowland's drink. He died within 30 minutes of being exposed to it. The subject who placed the strychnine in the drink was charged with murder, but was not indicted by the grand jury.

Chief Rowland was survived by his brother and sister.


  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 100

Incident Details

  • Cause Poisoned
  • Weapon Poison
  • Offender Not available

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Chief Rowland,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville.


United States Border Patrol

August 27, 2018

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