Constable Rosie Lee Smith

Constable Rosie Lee Smith

Limestone County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 1933

Rosie Lee Smith

On April 8th Constable R. L. Smith was walking on a street in Kosse when for no apparent reason Monroe Crisp attacked the constable with a knife. When a bystander attempted to stop the assault, Monroe's brother, Eugene, threatened the citizen with a hammer. Constable Smith received severe stab wounds in the attack. He died three weeks later on April 30th.

Monroe and Eugene Crisp were charged with assault with intent to murder, and later murder charges were filed and then dismissed. Monroe and Eugene were each fined $25 and Eugene was sentenced to 3 months in jail. Eugene's conviction was later reserved by the Court of Appeals.

Constable Smith was survived by his wife and was buried in the Eutaw Cemetery. The Precinct 5 constable's office no longer exists.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 8, 1933
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender suspects fined

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Once again we mourn your sacrifice.

Rest in Peace Constable R. L. Smith. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Limestone County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that Monroe and Eugene Crisp burn in hell for eternity.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent Retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX retired

April 30, 2017

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