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Correctional Officer James P. Zeiger | Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer

James P. Zeiger

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, January 11, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 373

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Died in prison

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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.

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Hello Officer Zeiger (grandpa),

I am Your grandson, Kevin zeiger's fiancé. And we are finally getting married next year in the spring. I've heard so many good things about you. From your family, and also from fellow officers where I volunteer for our local police department. Kevin and I take your great grandson, Dylan, to see you quite often and tell him story's of your bravery and huge heart. Next year I will also be Officer Zeiger working patrol for a nearby police department. I hope to make you proud. You are missed very much by your family, and for those of us who have not had the blessing to meet you, sure wish we could have.

Thank you so much for your service. We will all meet again in a better place.

Love you!
Amanda Crisman

Amanda Crisman - EMA Volunteer
Future grand daughter
January 11, 2015


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