Detective William Hulligan

Detective William Hulligan

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, February 8, 1887

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William Hulligan

Detective William Hulligan was killed after being struck on the head with a coupling pin by one of three members of the Blinky Morgan Gang as they were attempting to free a fourth gang-member.

He and another officer were extraditing the prisoner from Pittsburgh and were aboard a train when the incident took place. The other officer was seriously injured but recovered.

On June 27th, 1887, the suspects were cornered in Alpena County, Michigan. The gang leader who murdered Detective Hulligan shot and killed Sheriff Charles Lynch, of the Alpena County, Michigan, Sheriff's Department. The sheriff died from his wounds on August 17th, 1887. Three including their leader were apprehended. One, who was freed from the train, was never apprehended. The leader was convicted of murder and hanged in Ohio on August 3, 1888. The other two were sent to prison but received new trials and were released.

Detective Hulligan was survived by his wife and five children. He was a Civil War Veteran who entered the war at the age of 15 as a private with the 24th New York Calvary, Company K.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 3, 1887
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Executed in 1888

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

August 17, 2020

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