Charles F. Stevens

Image of Prohibition Agent Charles Stevens
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
September 25, 1929
Location of Death: 
San Antonio, TX
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Circumstances of Death

Prohibition Agents Charles Stevens, J. P. Murphy and Robert Hirzel were returning to the San Antonio Office after having seized an illicit distillery about 30 miles south.  As they approached San Antonio, they were suddenly ambushed by several men hiding in the woods.  During the subsequent gunfight, Agent Stevens was badly wounded.  Although he was rushed to the Santa Rose Hospital, he died the following day.  In the investigation that followed, Lynn Stephens was identified as one of the persons responsible for the murder of Agent Stevens.  He remained a fugitive for 20 years.  In 1949, he was arrested, later convicted and sentenced to 38 years imprisonment.


Agent Stevens joined the Prohibition Unit on February 28, 1921.


Agent Stevens was born in Texas.  He was survived by his wife, Trixie.

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