James McKeag

James McKeag, an officer with the Turtle Creek Police Department, was killed on April 9, 1901, in Braddock when attempting to serve a warrant on a man for horse stealing.

The man was apprehended on a bridge. As McKeag served the warrant, the man attacked him, beat him, and threw him from the bridge.

After a lengthy delay, Alexander Ferguson was arrested and is reported to have confessed to police. He and three others, James Davis, Charles Wilson, and James Hussey, were charged with murder.

All were released after Ferguson’s confession was rejected as unreliable. No subsequent arrests were made.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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