Patrolman Ezekiel Wentworth Hodsdon

Patrolman Ezekiel Wentworth Hodsdon

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, October 18, 1857

Ezekiel Wentworth Hodsdon

Patrolman Ezekiel Hodsdon was shot and killed by an unknown suspect as he attempted to arrest a second man at the intersection of Havre Street and Maverick Street.

As Patrolman Hodsdon was placing one suspect under arrest, the other approached him from the rear and fatally shot him. Both suspects then fled.

One of the suspects was pardoned by the governor in 1865 due to poor health.

Patrolman Hodsdon had served with the Boston Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and three siblings.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1865

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It is now 160 years since your sacrifice. We can only hope and pray that your murderer and his pal faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next and that the governor who pardoned the one who was caught, was made to realize his mistake.

God Bless you Brother and may in these last 160 years, you have known complete peace and have taken comfort in being joined by your wife and son.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 18, 2017

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