Detective Marlyn W. Bateson

Detective Marlyn W. Bateson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1966

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Marlyn W. Bateson

Detective Marlyn Bateson and Detective William Bell were killed when their unmarked patrol car was struck by a drunk driver.

The detectives were en route to assist another unit on a man-with-a-gun call. The officers were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Livernois Street. When the light turned green they entered the intersection and were struck by a drunk driver at a speed of 80 mph.

The suspect was never charged in connection with their deaths but was later convicted of murdering nine women.

Detective Bateson, a U.S. Army veteran, was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Never charged

drunk driver

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Didnt know we could leave comments basically. I never got to know you grandpa, but i inadvertantly followed in your footsteps, just not being an officer. I wish i had gotten the opportunity to know you, and as long as i draw breath youll be loved and remembered.

Frmr Sgt Brent Lamoreaux

July 30, 2018

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