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Keeper Michael Doran | Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania


Michael Doran

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, May 31, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Executed in 1885

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Keeper Michael Doran was beaten to death by an inmate at the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The prisoner had become upset with Keeper Doran after being administered nauseating drugs that had been prescribed by the prison physician.

On the day of the attack, Keeper Doran had entered the prisoner's cell to take him to the exercise yard when the prisoner suddenly attacked him with a wooden bobbin. He continued to beat him over the head with an iron bar.

Another keeper found Keeper Doran's body inside the prisoner's cell a short time later.

The prisoner was convicted of Keeper Doran's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed by hanging in the Philadelphia County Prison on July 16th, 1885.

Keeper Doran was survived by his wife and six children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 31, 2015


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