Railroad Detective S. W. Everson

Railroad Detective S. W. Everson

Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 1912

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S. W. Everson

Railroad Detective S.W. Everson was killed when he was thrown from a fast-moving train near Bell Buckle, Tennessee, when he attempted to break up a fight involving members of a group of workmen on their way to Shelbyville.

Three men were arrested and charged with his murder.

One week later, at the conclusion of their preliminary hearing, a mob of twenty men opened fire on the suspects as they were being escorted by deputies from the Bedford County Courthouse in Shelbyville. One suspect was killed and the other two were badly wounded.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Tennessee
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Lynched by mob

fight call

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Within three months between October 1911 and February 1912 Bedford County, Tennessee experienced the deaths of three law enforcement officers. Officers Redin G. Purdie and Charles A. Henry were murdered in cold blood by a drunk, good for nothing, seeking revenge for an earlier arrest. Additionally, in February 1912 three other drunken assailants threw railroad Detective Squire W. Everson off a moving train near Bellbuckle Tn. over an argument over a whiskey bottle. As of this writing, (July 2019) I am writing a book (yet to be titled) encompassing the deaths of these three brave men. It truly was a sad time for the county and especially for the families of these three brave men.

Terry L Coats- Officer
Metro Nashville Police Department

July 24, 2019

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