Superintendent Robert L. Taylor

Superintendent Robert L. Taylor

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 3, 1987

Robert L. Taylor

Superintendent Robert Taylor was assaulted, stabbed and beaten to death by four inmates in the South Cell House of the Pontiac Correctional Center.

Superintendent Taylor was stabbed with a 10-inch shank two times in the chest and four times in the back and suffered several blows to the head with a pipe.

Two inmates were sentenced to death and the other two inmates received life sentences. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. Both inmates' sentences were commuted to life without parole.

Superintendent Taylor was survived by his wife, son, three daughters, mother, stepfather, four brothers and three sisters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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I salute you for your bravery as it takes a special breed of person to be locked up with the worst of the worst from our society, without being armed. You are a true hero. Thank you for keeping us safe. Yo have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 3, 2013

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