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 Ken Rex McElroy

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Ken Rex McElroy

Birth
Quitman, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
Death
10 Jul 1981 (aged 47)
Skidmore, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
Burial
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Plot
On the south side of the Garden of the Last Supper memorial.
Memorial ID
21971 View Source

McElroy for years had terrorized the small town of Skidmore Missouri, and was considered the town bully. He had been charged with more than 20 felonies, robbing, raping, burning, shootings. He intimidated people by driving by at night and firing a shotgun blast, putting a rattlesnake in their mailbox, etc. July 10, 1981, his reign of terror came to an end. While parked in front of the D & G Tavern on Main Street, in broad daylight, with a crowd estimated at 45 people around his pickup truck, Ken McElroy was shot in the head with a high powered rifle, while his wife sat in the seat beside him. Three grand jury investigations and an FBI probe resulted in no indictments and no trial. The citizens of Skidmore Missouri apparently protecting the person or persons firing the shots. The incident received world wide press coverage, was the subject of a tv movie and a book.

McElroy for years had terrorized the small town of Skidmore Missouri, and was considered the town bully. He had been charged with more than 20 felonies, robbing, raping, burning, shootings. He intimidated people by driving by at night and firing a shotgun blast, putting a rattlesnake in their mailbox, etc. July 10, 1981, his reign of terror came to an end. While parked in front of the D & G Tavern on Main Street, in broad daylight, with a crowd estimated at 45 people around his pickup truck, Ken McElroy was shot in the head with a high powered rifle, while his wife sat in the seat beside him. Three grand jury investigations and an FBI probe resulted in no indictments and no trial. The citizens of Skidmore Missouri apparently protecting the person or persons firing the shots. The incident received world wide press coverage, was the subject of a tv movie and a book.

Bio by: Bill Walker


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  • Maintained by: Shevlin McCann
  • Added: 28 Apr 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 21971
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21971/ken-rex-mcelroy: accessed ), memorial page for Ken Rex McElroy (16 Jun 1934–10 Jul 1981), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21971, citing Saint Joseph Memorial Park, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by Shevlin McCann (contributor 49309870).