Special Agent Jess Anderson

Special Agent Jess Anderson

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, September 11, 1950

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Jess Anderson

Special Agent Jess Anderson was beaten to death as he attempted to arrest a man who was breaking into a boxcar between 13th Street and 14th Street, in Louisville, Kentucky.

He suffered a fractured skull in the assault before the subject stole his service revolver and belonging and then placed his body on the railroad tracks. His body was run over by a train a short time later.

The man who murdered him was arrested in Ohio in March 1951. He was returned to Louisville and confessed to the murder.

Special Agent Anderson had served with the Illinois Central Railroad Police for 25 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and five siblings.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Arrested

larceny, trespasser

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Agent Anderson,
On today, the 67th anniversary of your death I would just like to thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2017

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