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Jailer Benjamin E. Miller | Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

Jailer

Benjamin E. Miller

Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 18, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1930

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Jailer Ben Miller and Justice of the Peace Carter Inskeep were shot and killed by a suspect who had been arrested for drunkenness several days earlier. After his arrest the man created a list of city officials and citizens who he intended to kill, including Jailer Miller and Justice Inskeep.

After murdering one citizen and wounding several others, including a 6-year-old girl, the man went to Justice Inskeep's home and knocked on the door. When Justice Inskeep answered the door he was fatally shot. The man then went to the county jail and summoned Jailer Miller from his quarters and killed him.

The man returned home, where he was arrested a short time later by the county sheriff and a state patrolman. He was cleaning his gun at the time of his arrest.

The suspect was tried and convicted of Justice Inskeep's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on May 9, 1930. He was the first person ever sentenced to death and executed in Hampshire County.

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Justice of the Peace H. Carter Inskeep
Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 18, 1929
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 18, 2011

 

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