Chief of Police Manley Jackson

Chief of Police Manley Jackson

Pocahontas Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, November 8, 1931

Add to My Heroes

Manley Jackson

Chief of Police Manley Jackson was shot and killed along Highway 79 (modern-day Route 115) two miles north of Pocahontas.

Chief Jackson was serving as a Night Marshal and was writing down the license plate of a suspicious car when he was kidnapped by members of the Barker-Karpis Gang. He was driven to a nearby quarry and was allowed to get out and walk a little way before he was shot four times and killed. His body was found the following day.

Two months later the shooter shot and killed Sheriff Roy Kelly of the Howell County Sheriff's Department, Missouri. The suspect was eventually shot and killed by FBI agents.

The Barker-Karpis Gang committed violent crimes throughout the American Midwest in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Members and associates of the gang were responsible for the murders of at least ten law enforcement officers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

abducted, gang member, suspicious vehicle

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Thinking of and remembering my grandfather during National Police week. I wished I could have met you. It was so hard on your wife (Rheta) and your daughters, Albertine( my mom) and Magalee( my Aunt) to have lost you when you were still a young man and your girls were so young. Just recently, both my mom and my Aunt passed. So, they are now reunited with you and their mother Rheta in heaven. Many in my family are carrying on your legacy in Law enforcement. My husband was a reserve for over 10 years, my son has been serving with a local department for the last 15 years and is currently a detective. I also have a nephew who is a Sergeant serving with a local PD for many years now. I also know of other family members in law enforcement that my mom spoke of, but I never met. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Cheryl Moulton
Granddaughter of Manley Jackson

May 17, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.