Railroad Policeman Henry Talcott

Railroad Policeman Henry Talcott

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, April 14, 1893

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Henry Talcott

Railroad Policeman Henry Talcott and Railroad Policeman Jake Frith were shot and killed at about 2:15 am while trying to remove three tramps from a coach car in the railroad yards at 19th Street in Dubuque, Iowa. A violent struggle took place inside of the car and both officers were mortally wounded. Policeman Frith was shot in the neck and back and Policeman Talcott was shot above the left eye.

Two suspects were captured a short time later. Both were convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life in Anamosa Penitentiary. Both were pardoned by Governor Nathan E. Kendall on January 10th, 1925.

The third suspect fled to San Francisco where he boarded a ship destined for Australia. He was never captured.

Policeman Talcott was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Iowa
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1925

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Rest in Peace Officers Talcott and Frith. Thank You both for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting corpses of your murderers. May their souls know no peace. May the flames of hell forever scorch their souls.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 19, 2016

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