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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It’s been 55 years since you snd my father left us. I hope that you greeted Meta and told her what a wonderful mother she was. I was so excited to speak to Claudia. We wi meet again. Rest in Peace

Paula Bell Meinke

August 14, 2021

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