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.

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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I never got the opportunity to meet you bc of someone elses mistake, but I will forever carry on your memory for myself and our family. My brother was even named after you, so do not worry. We will make sure you are remembered for the amazing person that you were. My condolences go out to everyone who has ever lost a loved one due to some one elses hand. You will always be with us Great-Grandpa Bateson. We love and miss you.

Paige S
Your great-granddaughter

June 6, 2018

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