Special Agent Alexander McGill

Special Agent Alexander McGill

Mobile and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 1912

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Alexander McGill

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

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 Gypsy Creek, 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 previously served as the chief of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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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