Patrolman Roderick D. Gordon

Patrolman Roderick D. Gordon

Western Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, September 8, 1935

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Roderick D. Gordon

Patrolman Roderick Gordon was killed after being slashed and stabbed 29 times by a hobo he had found sleeping in a railroad car in Stockton, California.

The suspect was later arrested in Ohio and returned to California to face trial. He was convicted of Patrolman Gordon's murder and sentenced to death by hanging. He was executed at Folsom Prison on October 16, 1936.

Patrolman Gordon was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWI and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was survived by his wife and young son. He is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location California
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed in 1936

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

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