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Who killed Officer Richard Burchfield?


The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites the public on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. to the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, as Dwight Haverkorn, retired Colorado Springs Police detective, returns with details of a “cold case” involving the killing of Officer Richard Stanley Burchfield on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1953.

Burchfield was on duty that day when he made contact with a person that had been responsible for a string of personal robberies. Burchfield was shot nine times with a .22-caliber Colt semi-automatic pistol. To this day, the file has continued to be carried as an open homicide investigation.  

Haverkorn has conducted extensive research on unsolved crimes in Colorado Springs, some dating back over a century. In a previous presentation to the Historical Society, Haverkorn shared an interesting theory developed from his research about a string of axe murders committed in Colorado Springs in the early1900s. It has been 60 years since Burchfield was gunned down.

This event is free and refreshments will be served after the presentation. Visit Palmer Lake Historic Society at www.palmerdividehistory.org for more information.


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