Special Officer Robert G. Murray

Special Officer Robert G. Murray

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, October 14, 1921

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Robert G. Murray

Special Officer Robert Murray was shot and killed four miles northeast of Council Bluffs, Iowa, while he and several other local and federal officers raided a farmhouse being used by bootleggers and rail thieves.

Officer Murray was guarding five men in one room and a Council Bluffs officer was guarding a woman and a man in a second room. The woman was able to slip a revolver to the man who opened fire, killing Officer Murray and wounding the Council Bluffs officer.

One of the men was shot and killed and all of the others were eventually apprehended. The woman was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years. The man killed was her husband. She was paroled on December 29, 1931. Two other suspects convicted of murder were still in prison at the time of her parole. Another, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years, died in prison before his term ended.

Special Officer Murray had served with the agency for six years. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister and is buried at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Iowa
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender All arrested

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Officer Murray,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


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October 15, 2021

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