End of Watch

William R. Benningfield

Civilian Work Crew Supervisor

William R. Benningfield, Civilian Work Crew Supervisor Soil Conservation Camp Atoka County, Oklahoma End of Watch: August 11, 1941 On August 11, 1941, a trusty working at the Soil Conservation Camp near Kenefic, Oklahoma in Atoka County, complained of feeling ill. Mr. Benningfield, an unarmed supervisor at the conservation camp,...

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William R. Benningfield

Jess Fulton Dunn

Warden

Jess Fulton Dunn, Warden Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: August 10, 1941 On August 10, 1941, four prisoners armed with homemade knives attempted to break out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. About the same time that morning, Warden Jess F. Dunn, 49, was planning a...

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Jess Fulton Dunn

Charles D. Powell

Brickyard Foreman

Charles D. Powell, Brickyard Foreman Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: May 11, 1936 On May 11, 1936, prisoners were being fed lunch in the brickyard when a jail break occurred. Twenty-four men charged at four officers, including Powell, with prison-made knives. Powell attempted to escape from them...

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Charles D. Powell

William C. Turner

Guard Foreman

William C. Turner, Guard Foreman Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: July 18, 1935 On July 18, 1935, Guard Foreman William C. Turner was supervising three prisoners at Oklahoma State Penitentiary on the prison farm, approximately one mile from the main building. Turner was suddenly struck by lightning,...

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William C. Turner

James Payton "Pate" Jones

Correctional Officer

James Payton “Pate” Jones, Correctional Officer Oklahoma State Reformatory Granite, Oklahoma End of Watch: February 17, 1935 On February 17, 1935, Correctional Officer James Payton “Pate” Jones was on duty in the main entrance tower. Two inmates led a mass escape attempt with two guns that had smuggled in to...

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James Payton "Pate" Jones

Charles Francis Christian

Correctional Officer

Charles Francis Christian, Correctional Officer Oklahoma State Reformatory Granite, Oklahoma End of Watch: February 16, 1935 On February 16, 1935, Correctional Officer Charles Francis Christian was the victim of an attack by an inmate while he was supervising a work gang at the Oklahoma State Reformatory. Officer Christian never recovered...

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Charles Francis Christian

William R. Mayfield

Brickyard Supervisor

William R. Mayfield, Brickyard Supervisor Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: January 20, 1926 On January 19, 1926, William R. Mayfield was the supervisor for the brickyard at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. One of the prisoners in the brickyard that day was originally sentenced to five...

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William R. Mayfield

Herman H. Drover

Bertillon Officer

Herman H. Drover, Bertillon Officer Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: January 19, 1914 Deputy Warden D.C. “Pat” Oates, Day Sergeant Fred C. Godfrey, and Bertillon Officer Herman H. Drover were shot and killed on January 19, 1914 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary by three prisoners who were...

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Herman H. Drover

Fred C. Godfrey

Day Sergeant

Fred C. Godfrey, Day Sergeant Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: January 19, 1914 Deputy Warden D.C. “Pat” Oates, Day Sergeant Fred C. Godfrey, and Bertillon Officer Herman H. Drover were shot and killed on January 19, 1914 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary by three prisoners who were...

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Fred C. Godfrey

D.C. "Pat" Oates

Deputy Warden

D.C. “Pat” Oates, Deputy Warden Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester, Oklahoma End of Watch: January 19, 1914 Deputy Warden D.C. “Pat” Oates, Day Sergeant Fred C. Godfrey, and Bertillon Officer Herman H. Drover were shot and killed on January 19, 1914 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary by three prisoners who were...

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D.C. "Pat" Oates