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- Dec. 03, 1941 -

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Missouri State Highway Patrol. Patch
Resided: MO, USA
Born: May. 23, 1908  
Fallen: Dec. 03, 1941
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 33 yrs. of age
Dept: Missouri State Highway Patrol
1510 East Elm Street  
Jefferson City, MO   65102   USA
County: Cole
Dept. Type: State/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: 8/1937
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
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Badge: 126
Bio: Fred L. Walker was born May 23, 1908, near Lathrop, MO, the sixth of 10 children, to James Oliver and Lenna Walker. He was raised on the family farm in Clinton County with his five brothers and three sisters. His middle name, Longfield, was given to him in honor of the family doctor in Lathrop. Walker graduated from Lathrop High School on May 19, 1927.

Fred Walker was an outstanding athlete who excelled in track and field at Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron, MO, and Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. Walker accumulated over 25 medals in the low hurdles, high hurdles, and long jump. In the 1930 Baker University Yearbook was written, “Walker was high point man for Baker in every dual meet and also in the Kansas conference meet. He holds the present school records in both the high and low hurdles, and is recognized as one of the best hurdlers in this section of the country.” Walker also played football at both colleges.

Following college Fred Walker became the football coach at Gallatin High School. On July 1, 1937, he began his career as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Trooper Walker’s recruit class was trained at Camp Clark in Nevada, MO, and graduated on August 2, 1937. Among Tpr. Walker’s classmates were two future Patrol superintendents, Colonel H.H. Waggoner and Colonel E.I. Hockaday.

Upon graduation, Tpr. Walker was assigned to Troop C Headquarters. In November 1940, he requested and received a transfer to Festus, MO, in Jefferson County.

On December 28, 1940, the Kansas City Star-Times reported Tpr. Walker, while off-duty, had captured two convicts that had escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa. Tpr. Walker was off-duty in civilian clothes “on the Daniel Boone Parkway west of Gumbo,” when he noticed a car with a “mud covered license.” Tpr. Walker signaled for the driver to stop, and after a brief chase the two convicts exited their vehicle with their hands up.

The Star-Times reported, “Walker was surprised to see them in prison clothes. They were driving a car stolen from Salisbury, MO.” The two convicts had escaped from prison while serving life sentences for murder and robbery.

Tpr. Walker’s younger brother, Herb was a bus driver for the City of Hannibal. Herb and his wife, Edith Allene, were notified of the shooting of Tpr. Walker and drove to Barnes Hospital immediately. A dense fog prevented other family members from arriving at the hospital since most of them lived on the western side of the state.

When Herb and Allene arrived at the hospital Tpr. Walker was in an oxygen tent. At the sight of his brother’s critical plight Herb Walker passed out. Tpr. Walker was conscious and inquired as to why they had come to the hospital.

Tpr. Walker succumbed to his wounds and died on December 3, 1941. An intense 20-hour manhunt resulted in the capture of the two killers in Perryville, MO, just prior to Tpr. Walker’s death. The suspects confessed their crime, but initially stated Tpr. Walker had been accidentally shot in a scuffle for his revolver. They later admitted that they decided to, “fight it out and escape using a gun Tpr. Walker had overlooked in searching”.

Tpr. Walker was laid to rest in Lathrop,MO, on Saturday, December 6, 1941.

On February 1, 1942, a bronze plaque was presented to Troop C by “Festus and Crystal City Friends” in honor of Tpr. Walker. A newspaper article read, “Tpr. Fred Walker made a lot of friends in the twin-city area and those who knew him Fred Walker set school records in both high and low hurdles at Baker University.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: George Alvin King / Male - 17 years old
of Centralia, IL

Offender: Norman Votaw / Male - 20 years old
of Centralia, IL

Location:   Ste. Genevieve, MO   USA   Wed. Dec. 03, 1941
Summary: On Tuesday, December 2, 1941, Tpr. Walker stopped a newer model car near Bloomsdale in St. Genevieve County. Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle had been stolen near Bonne Terre. The occupants of the car, George Alvin King, age 17, and Norman Votaw, age 20, both of Centralia, IL, were quickly handcuffed by Tpr. Walker and placed in his patrol car for transportation to Festus approximately 25 miles away. Less than one-half mile into the trip one of the prisoners drew a concealed pistol and shot Tpr. Walker. The subjects threw Tpr. Walker from the patrol car and took his service revolver. They fled south from the shooting scene in Tpr. Walker’s patrol car.

Tpr. Walker crawled part of the way to a farm near where the stolen vehicle had originally been stopped, and was transported in the stolen car by the owner of the farm, George Long, to Crystal City. Tpr. Walker told Long that he had been shot with a gun he had missed on the two subjects. Tpr. Walker was transported by ambulance from Crystal City to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Less than an hour after the shooting Tpr. Walker’s patrol car was recovered abandoned with his Patrol issued shotgun and rifle still in the vehicle.

Trooper Walker was the second officer to die in the line of duty.

Disposition: On January 17, 1942, George Alvin King and Norman Votaw were each sentenced to 99 years in prison after they pleaded guilty to second degree murder. In a plea to the court, their attorney “blamed their poor environment for their crime. He asserted their home life had not been conducive to good morals and character.”

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