Detective Marlyn W. Bateson

Detective Marlyn W. Bateson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1966

Marlyn W. Bateson

Detective 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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Det. Bateson,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 14, 2017

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