Police Chief Kills Self After Boy He Struck Dies (1954)

Police Chief Kills Self After Boy He Struck Dies

WOODBRIDGE, N. J., Feb. 17 (AP) — Police Chief George E. Keating, 62, gulped a fatal dose of cyanide 12 hours after he killed a schoolboy in a hit-run auto accident, authorities revealed today.

Just two days before he was to be honored by the town of Woodbridge for his 35 years of police service, Keating swallowed the poison in the bathroom of his home yesterday.

Death first was attributed to a heart attack, but an autopsy revealed mouth burns and the presence of cyanide.

Then today Middlesex County Prosecutor Alex Eber announced that death came from poisoning.


Source: Police Chief Kills Self After Boy He Struck Dies, The Frederick Post, Frederick, Maryland, 18 February 1954, p. 6.

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