Sergeant Walter Awe

Sergeant Walter Awe

Grand Trunk Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 1929

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Walter Awe

Sergeant Walter Awe was shot and killed at 2:30 am while patrolling the company's rail yards near Goldner Street in Detroit, Michigan. Sergeant Awe was confronted by a man who attempted to rob him. The man overpowered him and shot him with his own service weapon.

In 1958 "Texas" Jim Baker, now age 51, serving a life sentence for a murder in New York, confessed to Sergeant Awe's murder. He had been in New York prisons since February 1930 for the murder of a fellow New York lab worker he forced to swallow cyanide on December 27, 1929. He also confessed to murders in New York, Ohio, Michigan, and other countries of 12 more men he either shot and killed or killed with cyanide. For a man with such a past no more information could be found about him beyond 1958. History refers to him as the forgotten serial killer.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Michigan
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 20, 2012

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