Detective Charles S. Thurston

Detective Charles S. Thurston

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, February 2, 1920

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Charles S. Thurston

Detective Charles Thurston was shot and killed in Columbus, Ohio, while attempting to arrest boxcar thieves in the Pennsylvania Railroad rail yards near Jefferson Avenue.

Several railroad workers heard a number of gunshots at approximately 8:00 pm. Detective Thurston's body was found two hours later behind the Columbus Barracks sustaining eight gunshot wounds to the back.

Detective Thurston had served with the Pennsylvania Railroad Police for a total of five years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Charles is my Great Grandfather who died much too young. His son, my Grandfather was only 11 years old when his father was killed. Charles is also the oldest brother of world famous magician Howard Thurston, who always looked up to his big brother and admired him dearly. I proudly have a picture of Charles hanging in my home and am so great full that I have his pocket watch and his knife sharpening
stone in a pewter box with his intitials etched on it.

William H Thurston
Great Grandson

February 10, 2018

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