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 Oliver Rufus “Ollie” Crosswhite

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Oliver Rufus “Ollie” Crosswhite

Birth
Polk County, Missouri, USA
Death 2 Jan 1932 (aged 42)
Greene County, Missouri, USA
Burial Brighton, Polk County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 15627649 View Source
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Republic (Missouri) Marshall Mark Noe was gunned down after he stopped a drunk driver (Harry Young, just out of prison) and his passenger. Noe was found in a ditch about two miles east of Republic the following day, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

This tragic event would eventually spark the nation's worst massacres in law enforcement history. The event known as the Young Brother's Massacre came to a head on January 2, 1932 in which 6 law officers were brutally gunned down as they attempted to raid a farm house in Brookline, Missouri, in search for Noe's murderers.

After the gun battle erupted, five of the eleven officers in the possee managed to return to Springfield to summon additional help. They later testified they observed Floyd Barker or Alvin Karpis, of the Barker Gang, inside the farm house during the shoot out. One officer maintained to his dying day that "Pretty Boy" Floyd was at the house the day of the shootout.

The officers returned with an army of law enforcement officers only to find 6 of their own, dead in one of America's most tragic bloodbaths. The gang managed to escape.

It was on January 5, 1932, when Houston (Texas) Police, acting on a tip from a bed and breakfast owner that Harry and Jennings Young were inside. Police stormed the house and a shootout broke out in a hail of gun fire. The killers were trapped in a bathroom where they reportedly committed double suicide.

Those losing their lives in the January 2, 1932 gun battle were: Greene County Sheriff Marcel Hendrix, Deputy Sheriff's Ollie Crosswhite, and Wiley Mashburn; Springfield Police Chief Detective Tony Oliver and Springfield Patrolmen Sid Meadows and Charley Houser.



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