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Corrections Employee Robert George Warnke | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

Corrections Employee

Robert George Warnke

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, June 20, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: Kansas

Incident Date: 6/20/1929

Weapon: Blunt object

Suspect: Executed

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Corrections Employee Robert Warnke was killed after being beaten by an inmate yielding an iron bar at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Officer Warnke was performing his early morning duties when the man attacked him from behind, knocking him to the ground.

After falling, the man jumped on Officer Warnke and continued to beat him. The suspect, who had claimed to have murdered 22 people, had also been involved in the murder of Superintendent Harry Minto, of the Oregon Department of Corrections on September 28, 1915. He was hung at Leavenworth Prison for Officer Warnke's murder.

Officer Warnke had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for eight years. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Junction City, Kansas.

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