Albert J. Cox, Correctional Officer
Oklahoma State Penitentiary
End of Watch: March 5, 1977
On March 5, 1977, Correctional Officer Albert J. Cox, was a supervisor at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary’s chicken farm on the prison grounds in McAlester. At about 12:40 p.m. that day, Cox and an inmate trustee were discovered missing.
At 4:45 p.m. that same day, Cox’s body was found in a chicken coop under more than two dozen 50-pound sacks of feed. He had been stabbed several times and his throat was slashed.
The trustee had taken Cox’s prison pickup and drove 80 miles southwest to the Washita River near Tishomingo, where he kidnapped a farmer and his young son. A short time later, he released them unharmed and took their car. The inmate was tracked to Florida but never found.
Officer Cox had served with the agency for twelve years. He was survived by his wife and two children.