Detective William F. Murphy

Detective William F. Murphy

Peoria Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 23, 1903

William F. Murphy

Detective William Murphy was shot and killed as he and another officer were attempting to arrest a coal thief near Eaton Street and Water Street.

The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On December 11th, 1903, he was executed by hanging at the Peoria County Jail.

Detective Murphy was survived by his parents and two brothers.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1903

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William "Billy" Murphy, you were my Grandfather although I didn't know you. My father was your son, Charles W. Murphy. He was just a baby when you were killed. Such a tragedy. You live on as does your wife, Mary Ellen Ryan Murphy (Mandy) in that my father named me after her and my daughter is named after her also. Thank you for your service.

Ellen Zang-Dillon
Granddaughter

July 16, 2017

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