John E. Clifford

John E. Clifford, an officer with the McKeesport Police Department, was struck by a passing vehicle as he crossed Atlantic Avenue on November 29, 1915. He died of his injuries on December 15.

The driver of the speeding vehicle, Ray E. Dell, of the North Side, was charged with manslaughter on January 12, 1916. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and battery.

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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