Detective John Miller

Detective John Miller

Erie Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, June 13, 1917

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John Miller

Detective John Miller was shot and killed atop an Erie Railroad freight train between Homestead and Secaucus, New Jersey.

He had boarded the train at Claxton Yards to accompany it through a high-crime area. Investigators believe a gang had been receiving intelligence from railroad employees about trains with expensive freight. As the train neared Penhorn Creek and County Road in Secaucus the gang became involved in a shootout with the crew and Detective Miller.

The crew did not realize that Detective Miller had been shot and continued to Paterson, where an employee located his body on top of one of the cars.

Six men were arrested in connection with his murder but later released.

Detective Miller was survived by two sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Not available


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Detective Miller, We can only hope and pray that true justice came to your murders, if not in this life, then in the next. Thank you for your service in helping to keep safe, one of America's greatest assets, it's Railroads.

God Bless, Brother and may your eternal rest be always peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 26, 2022

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