Lieutenant Elwood Gainor

Lieutenant Elwood Gainor

Lancaster Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 28, 1927

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Elwood Gainor

Lieutenant Elwood Gainor was beaten and shot to death after being abducted after making a traffic stop at the intersection of Mulberry Street and King Street.

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 most intense in Pennsylvania's history. Three state police officers appointed to investigate his case committed suicide. Each took charge of the investigation after the other's 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.

Lieutenant Gainor served with the Lancaster Police Department for more than five years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 5 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

abducted, traffic stop

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

March 28, 2019

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