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James Eddie Diggs


James Eddie Diggs

FBI Most Wanted #36

Identification Order 2246

On 10 Most Wanted List: 08-27-1952 to 12-14-1961

Federal process was dismissed in Norfolk, Virginia.

James Eddie Diggs presents a puzzle and a mystery. According to all accounts, James Eddie Diggs was a stable family man who was respected by members of the community.  His neighbors described him as steady and hard-working.  Diggs worked as a mechanic at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia.  Neighbors reported that at some time before commiting the crimes that placed him on the Most Wanted list, Diggs began drinking and he was heard to be arguing with his wife. A newspaper of account of time tells the story like this:

At 7 o'clock on the morning of May 26, 1949, James Eddie Diggs shot and killed his wife, Ruth, and their two sons James Jr., 6, and Alfonso, 4, at their home in Norfolk, Va. There were no signs of a struggle and police have been unable to establish a clear motive. However, shortly before the triple killing Diggs began to drink to excess and to seek the company of women. The whereabouts of Diggs were unknown for nearly a week after the slayings, but on May 31, 1949 he was identified as the man who, when the auto in which he was riding was halted at Hamlet, N. C., drew a revolver and critically wounded officer Rex Howell. After this shooting, Diggs "took to the woods."

That was the last time James Eddie Diggs was seen.  He remained on the Most Wanted List until the FBI determined that he no longer met the criteria.  The puzzle is, what happened to turn Diggs into a killer?  The mystery is, where did he go and what became of him?  No one may ever know.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 July, 2011.

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