Detective Henry Bodendieck

Detective Henry Bodendieck

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1924

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Henry Bodendieck

Detective Henry Bodendieck succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while questioning a burglary suspect at 40th Street and Waverly Avenue.

He and several other officers had been searching for the suspect when they stopped by a local candy store to use the phone to report in.

As the other officers made the call Detective Bodendieck recognized the suspect sitting at a booth in the store. Detective Bodendieck asked the man's name and the man identified himself. When Detective Bodendieck ordered the man to stand up the man produced a revolver and opened fire, killing him. The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended by the other officers in the store.

The man was convicted of Detective Bodendieck's murder and sentenced to death but had the sentence reduced to life in prison after winning an appeal.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 3, 1924
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Det. Bodendieck,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of East St. Louis.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 5, 2024

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