Correctional Officer James P. Zeiger

Correctional Officer James P. Zeiger

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, January 11, 1973

James P. Zeiger

Correctional Officer James Zeiger was stabbed to death while walking the 8th Gallery of Cell House B at the Stateville Correctional Center.

An inmate attacked him from behind, stabbing him eight times with a knife, inflicting a fatal wound to the heart. The inmate then threw Correctional Officer Zeiger over the rail to the concrete floor 40 feet below.

The suspect was denied parole in 2001 and later died while still incarcerated.

Correctional Officer Zeiger had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for three years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 373

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in prison

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I can't believe it's been 45 years ago today that you were so tragically taken from us. I love you Daddy so much, and I know you know that because I tell you that everyday! Mom is now with you and I know you both will forever watch over your family! You are forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten . Love you your daughter Julie

Julie zeiger
Daughter

January 11, 2018

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