Deputy Sheriff Roy Hugo Dirks

Deputy Sheriff Roy Hugo Dirks

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Friday, April 11, 1975

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Roy Hugo Dirks

Deputy Sheriff Roy Dirks was shot and killed by a copy-cat killer mimicking the famous serial killer Charles Manson. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The leader of the copy-cat cult was charged with murder in this case, but was aquitted.

Deputy Dirks was survived by his four children, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 40

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released from prison

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I was a student of Roy Dirk's at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon 1975 and I was studying criminal Justice. He was a very positive and a great criminal justice instructor! He took a special interest in me becoming a police officer with Lane County Sheriff Deputy. He would allow me to have dinner with him and his wife every weekend. Then one very sad day in my life I was advised that he was killed by a individual named "Snake Brooks" and I new of this individual being a the owner of a restaurant called " Lighter Brown & Darker Brown" and his employees were like a cult group. I then went to his funeral, and being the only black person there felt good to me because he was my best friend and I thank him for the time we shared!!!

Bruce Kelly
Personal Friend.

October 20, 2020

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