Special Agent James Maurice Bostick

Special Agent James Maurice Bostick

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, March 2, 1975

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James Maurice Bostick

Special Agent James Bostick was shot and killed in Gulfport, Mississippi, while conducting surveillance in the North Yard.

During the surveillance Agent Bostick interrupted several suspects breaking into a boxcar. When he confronted them he was attacked and shot five times; twice in the arm and three times in the back of the head.

The suspects then stole all of his personal items, including his gun and badge, and moved his body over 150 yards in an attempt to hide it under straw. His body was not located until early the next morning after his wife called the train yard to inquire on his whereabouts. A suspect was soon apprehended. Three weeks later another was apprehended in Gulfport.

On May 29, 1974, a suspect, 20, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Three days later another, 23, was sentenced to death. In 1977 and 1978 both's sentences were commuted to life. One was paroled in 1986. The other was denied parole in March of 1996.

Agent Bostick was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 192

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Mississippi
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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I want to thank each of you for the kind words of reflection honoring the life of my father, James Bostick 47 years ago. I was only 17 years old when he was murdered. He left one son, Mark, who passed away in 2017, and two daughters, Kay and Rosemary.

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you that have experienced the pain of losing a loved one.

Kay Bostick Rhea

Madolyn (KAY) Rhea

October 26, 2022

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