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Keeper Charles Ernst | Greene County Sheriff's Office, New York Greene County Sheriff's Office, New York

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Charles Ernst

Greene County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Monday, May 4, 1874

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 4/30/1874

Weapon: Blunt object; Iron pipe

Offender: Executed in 1874

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Keeper Charles Ernst was beaten to death by an inmate inside one of the county jail's cells.

The inmate, who was scheduled to be executed the following day for a previous murder, had ripped the pipe from the cell's floor. The pipe had been fastened across the floor to hold down down the floorboards. When Keeper Ernst entered the cell the man struck him on the head five times, causing fatal injuries.

Keeper Ernst died from the injuries five days later.

Keeper Ernst was survived by his wife and children.

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