City Marshal William Henry Kitson

City Marshal William Henry Kitson

Silex Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 20, 1975

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William Henry Kitson

Marshal William Kitson was shot and killed after surprising burglary suspects while he was investigating suspicious activity in the downtown area at 4 am.

Marshal Kitson was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects.

The subject was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life.

Marshal Kitson had served with the Silex Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

burglary, suspicious activity

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Grandpa I think of you often and remember you were a quiet man who loved your family. I remember you playing guitar and walking the streets of Silex to protect the people who lived there. I remember the flood of 1973 when dad and uncle Lonnie went in by boat to bring grandma, Cheryl and Lynn to safety. You made the decision to stay on high ground by the school to keep an eye on the community. What a brave man you were. I remember US Marshall's attending your funeral.

Gwen Niebruegge
Granddaughter, daughter of Edna Carol Kitson

February 19, 2020

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