Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 3/27/1938
Weapon: Blunt object; Iron pipe
Suspect: Sentenced to life
Turnkey Swartz was killed when he was struck on the head with a piece of angle iron by an inmate at the Chemung County Jail.
The inmate's brother, who was a prisoner in the adjoining cell, had pried loose several wooden floor boards and found the piece of iron. The man passed it to his brother, who then called to Turnkey Swartz and asked to use the exercise room. When Turnkey Swartz opened the cell door he was attacked and beaten to death. The two brothers then escaped but were arrested a short time later walking along nearby railroad tracks.
Both brothers, ages 21 and 23, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.