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New Hero Search Darrel Dale Cate ("Bud")
- Sep. 21, 1972 -

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Buena Park CA Police Dept. Patch
Resided: CA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 21, 1972
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 45 yrs. of age
Dept: Buena Park Police Dept.
Buena Park, CA   USA
County: Orange
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Detective
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
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Bio: Darrel “Bud” Cate was born April 22, 1927. Cate began working for the Buena Park Police Department as a patrolman in February of 1962. In 1967, Cate was promoted to commercial burglary detective and in 1972 switched to a position as a detective for the crimes-person unit. The Cate family lived on Via Media in Buena Park.

Cate was a World War II veteran, a member of the Buena Park Masonic Lodge, and a coach of the Stanton Diablos Junior All-American Football Team on which his son, Kerry, played. Cate was the first Buena Park Police Officer to die in the line of duty.


Over the months following the murder of Detective Cate, there was an outpouring of sympathy and donations to help fund the surviving family. Several fundraisers were organized and large donations were made by police associations, private citizens, and businesses. Also, the overtime pay earned by officers during the manhunt for Clouston was donated to the fund.

In November of 1972, a “Darrel Cate Memorial Flag-Football Game” was played at Western High School in Anaheim with all donations being added to the memorial fund. It was estimated total donations exceeded $25,000.00.

On February 17 1981, the Buena Park City Council passed a resolution for a memorial tree to be planted in the honor of Detective “Bud” Cate at the Buena Park library. On April 25 1981, there was a dedication ceremony at the library (7150 La Palma) in which a lemon-scented Eucalyptus tree was planted and accompanied by a bronze plaque in memory of Detective Cate. The tree and plaque are along the south side of the sidewalk leading to the main entrance of the Library.

On November 16 1981, the Buena Park City Council passed a resolution naming a private street “Cate Drive” in honor of the slain police officer. Cate Drive is located on Knott Avenue just north of Firestone Boulevard.

Survived by:
Cate was married to Patricia Cate and the couple had five children: Kevin (age 15), Kerry (age 14), Kenneth (age 12), Kelly (age 10), and Kerby (age 5). Cate was also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Spangler and Cate’s sister, Mrs. Wesley Smith.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Paul Herman Clouston :: Caucasian / Male
Born approx 1936

AKA:Herman Lee ANTHONY, Michael Paul DRAGO, Charles Eugene RANDOLPH, William. Joseph LONG

June 9, 2010

VA NEWS -- In Merced, California, U.S. Marshals following a tip to America's Most Wanted television program apprehend sex offender Paul Clouston. Information on the fugitive's possible location was passed from the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force - Richmond Division, to the Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force in Fresno, California. Clouston was found to be working as a maintenance man in a group home in Merced for the past four years.

U.S. Marshals Service investigators, along with task force officers from the Merced County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Corrections, went to the group home and found the individual of interest seated in a chair and reading a newspaper. They approached the individual and identified him as Clouston, then placed him into custody without incident.

Clouston, a native of Pennsylvania, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also was wanted by the Virginia State Police for failing to register as a sex offender, and by the Virginia Division of Probation and Parole for alleged violations of his parole on a conviction for the armed sexual assault of a child.

In 1973, Paul Clouston was convicted on second degree murder charges for the homicide of a police detective in Buena Park, CA a year earlier. He was released from prison in 1982. In 1991, Clouston was indicted on 17 counts of sexually abusing children in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. He later pled guilty to seven of the 17 charges, was sent to prison again, and released on parole in 2005 and then disappeared.

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Location:   Anaheim, CA   USA   Thu. Sep. 21, 1972
Summary: On September 20, 1972 Detective Cate received a case in which a pregnant Buena Park housewife claimed she had been sexually assaulted by a male subject listed on the crime report as “Paul Drago”. The report also listed Drago’s address as 939 Emerald Street in Anaheim.

On September 21, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Detective Cate and his partner Dale Willson went to 939 Emerald Street to talk to Drago. Unknown to the detectives at the time, “Paul Drago” is one of the many aliases used by a subject whose real name is Herman Lee Clouston.

At 939 Emerald Street, the two detectives found a male subject (later identified as Clouston) working underneath a jacked-up vehicle in the garage. Clouston denied being “Paul Drago” and said he did not have any identification with him. Clouston said he lived nearby at 931 Emerald Street and was only working on the vehicle for the man who lives at 939 Emerald Street. It was decided Detective Willson would walk over to 931 Emerald and see if he could verify the information given to them by Clouston.

While Detective Willson was walking over to 931 Emerald Street, Detective Cate and Clouston went into the residence at 939 Emerald Street either to retrieve the subject’s identification card or so that Clouston could use the restroom. Clouston walked down a hallway in the residence while Detective Cate stood at a location where he could watch both the hallway and a female subject (Clouston’s wife) who was sitting in a chair in the living room.

Clouston was able to retrieve a .22 caliber revolver and shot Detective Cate once in the chest and once in the head. Detective Cate managed to fire two rounds from his service revolver but did not strike Clouston. Detective Willson heard the shots and ran back to 939 Emerald Street. There he found Detective Cate bleeding and lying on the floor in the kitchen. Detective Willson soon learned that Clouston had fled the residence via a back door and had jumped over a fence. Detective Willson began administering first aid to Detective Cate.

Approximately one hour later, Detective Cate was pronounced dead at the Garden Park Hospital in Anaheim.

Disposition: On August 01, 1973 Clouston was convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting of Detective Cate. In addition, Clouston was convicted of burglary and kidnapping in connection to crimes he committed during the 6-day manhunt prior to his arrest. Clouston received three 10-year jail sentences for his crimes. The sentences were to run concurrently.

On January 30, 1982 Clouston was released from State Prison after serving nine years.

In 2006, he was added to the US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted List after violating parole on unrelated charges in Virginia. Deputy U.S. Marshals, task force officers from the Merced County Sheriffs Office and the California Department of Corrections, arrested Clouston on unrelated charges at a group home on June 01, 2010.

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