Special Agent Roy L. Hoyle

Special Agent Roy L. Hoyle

Mobile and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, October 3, 1906

Roy L. Hoyle

Special Agent Roy Hoyle was shot and killed in Mobile, Alabama, while attempting to keep a mob of citizens from storming the jail in an attempt to lynch a prisoner who had been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

A mob of approximately 500 men gathered near the intersection of Royal Street and Dauphin Street without knowing that the prisoner had been secretly moved out of the city and hidden in a Mobile and Ohio Railroad terminal.

The jailer had allowed several men in the mob that he personally knew to search the jail to prove that the prisoner was not there, however, the full mob attempted to force its way in even after the men assured them the prisoner was not there. One of the guards inside fired a shot in an attempt to warn the mob, but several of the citizens opened fire. Special Agent Hoyle and a city alderman were both shot. Special Agent Hoyle was struck in the abdomen and died a short time later.

Special Agent Hoyle was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Today is the 109th anniversary of your murder at the hands of a pack of wild animals. We may never even know if the accused was guilty due to the simpleminded thugs who gathered at the jail. Though only several of a much larger group fired those shots, all were guilty of your murder, Special Agent Hoyle, you were the hero that day, you and your colleagues who put your life on the line in a obviously unpopular move, and yet you did it.

Mr. Moore, thank you so much for sharing that story. It's always very gratifying to see that, even though someone has been gone for so long, family and friends have not forgotten them. We know more often than not those brave souls ARE remembered, but when it's proven, it moves our hearts.

God Bless you all.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 3, 2015

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