Lieutenant Elwood Gainor

Lieutenant Elwood Gainor

Lancaster Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 28, 1927

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Elwood Gainor

Lieutenant Gainor was beaten and shot to death after being abducted, while in uniform, from Lancaster. His body was found on Hook Road in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the following day. His skull had been crushed and he had been shot in the head four times. It is believed that he was abducted and murdered by bootleggers who were operating in Lancaster.

The investigation of his murder was one of the most famous, longest, and intense in Pennsylvania's history. Three state police officers appointed to investigate his case committed suicide. Each took charge of the investigation after the others death. Several suspects involved with the underworld were identified but later killed or eliminated as a suspect. Several officials came forward and said another chapter should be added to the story but would not talk. Lieutenant Gainor's murder remains unsolved.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

March 28, 2019

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