Hunter R. Stotler

Date of Birth: 
1875
Date of Death: 
July 26, 1927
Location of Death: 
Boonsboro, MD

Circumstances of Death

Prohibition Agents Hunter Rizer Stotler, C. C. Jack and P. W. Parr traveled to Hagerstown, MD, to interview a confidential informant about a 2,000 gallon steam boiler still operating near Boonsboro, MD.  After the interview, Agents Jack and Parr returned to their hotel, while Agent Stotler remained.  They all agreed to meet the following day.  The following morning, the agents were notified that Agent Stotler had been murdered.  An investigation revealed that Agent Stotler and the informant had left Hagerstown and driven to Boonsboro to interview another person.  Sometime afterwards, the informant killed Agent Stotler.  He was later convicted at trial and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Background

Agent Stotler joined the Prohibition Unit on October 27, 1925, at a salary of $2,500.  He was assigned to field offices in Roanoke, VA, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Personal

Agent Stotler was born in Maryland.  He was survived by his wife.

Associated Artifacts: 
Image of the New York Times newspaper article, dated December 9, 1927, titled Prohibition Informer Convicted of Murder
Image of the Frederick Post newspaper article, titled Walters Signs Confession to Stotler Murder
Image of the Clearfield Progress newspaper article, dated December 14, 1927, titled Life Sentence for Killing Dry Agent
Image of Hunter R. Stotler's certificate of death
Image of Hunter R. Sotler's service record card
Last Reviewed August 19, 2015