Special Agent Alexander M. McGill

Special Agent Alexander M. McGill

Mobile and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 1912

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Alexander M. McGill

Special Agent Alexander McGill was shot and killed near Elrod, Alabama while patrolling passenger train Number 103 between Artesia, Mississippi, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

He encountered a railroad porter selling whiskey to passengers in a baggage car. The porter shot Agent McGill and then threw his body from the train onto the railroad bridge over Sipsey River in Alabama. The suspect was arrested and taken to Birmingham, Alabama, to avoid a lynching.

The 40-year-old porter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In July of 1935, he was paroled for 12 months. In July of 1936, he was listed as an escapee when he failed to return to prison. In January 1937 word was received from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that he had died in a hospital there.

Special Agent McGill had served with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Police for five years and had previously served as the police chief of the Tuscaloosa Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation

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Special Agent McGill, you outshine your murderer in so many ways and you are a hero for helping to protect one of this nations greatest assets, it's railroads. I do not mourn the loss of the cowardly bastard who murdered you, or on this 103rd anniversary of that murder do I care about him. I do mourn you, Brother since what could have been a small offence not only became enormous, but it took you from your family and friends just before Christmas, and for nothing.

God Bless you, Brother and may your rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 22, 2015

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