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Deputy Sheriff Earl Anson Torrence | Essex County Sheriff's Department, New York Essex County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff

Earl Anson Torrence

Essex County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, November 15, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Earl Torrence was beaten and strangled to death with a rope by two prisoners in the county jail during an escape attempt. The prisoners had lured Deputy Torrence, the lone jailer on duty, into the cell after the lights had been turned off for the night and then beat him and garroted him.

Deputy Torrence's body was found in the morning with the rope tied around his neck.

The two prisoners escaped from the jail. One suspect was captured the next day in Keene Valley near Elizabethtown. The other suspect was taken into custody a few days later.

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I said a little prayer today for Deputy Torrence and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
November 10, 2015

 

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