Jimmy Lee Dykes



Age: 65


Summary: retired Vietnam War veteran and murder suspect who became the mastermind in the January-February bunker hostage crisis when he allegedly boarded a school bus carrying approximately 21 schoolchildren on their way to school in rural Dale County, Alabama and shot dead the driver Charles Albert Poland, Jr. during an apparent confrontation before he abducted a five-year-old boy identified by the news media as Ethan Gilman and held the child captive for nearly a week inside a 6-foot by 8-foot underground bunker on his property for unknown reasons, but the boy was reportedly unharmed during the week-long hostage crisis.



Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds suffered in a gunfire during a police raid


Born: April 9, 1947


Died: February 4, 2013


Location: Midland City, Alabama