Guard George Garceau

Guard George Garceau

Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, New Hampshire

End of Watch Monday, March 28, 1960

George Garceau

Guard George Garceau was beaten to death inside the Hillsborough County House of Correction, in Grasmere, during an escape attempt.

The inmate, who was being held pending a trial appearance for auto theft, attacked Guard Garceau and beat him to death with a cribbage board before tying his feet together with his necktie. He was then able to saw through an iron bar in a storage room window and escape from the jail.

The man was arrested at a friend's apartment in Manchester three days later. He was pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison. The friend was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Bio

  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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This site brought George Garceau into the light. He had been forgotten over time, but now we will be able to honor him. Some of the info on the site has mixed up the location of the Jail. He lived in Manchester, NH. The area of Manchester lived in is known as Goffs Falls. The jail referenced in Goffstown, NH, was in the area of Grasmere. This was the site of the old House of Corrections. Officer Garceau was killed in the pre trial jail, known as The Valley Street Jail. The murderer, last name of Murphy, was murdered at the NH State Prison in Concord, NH in 1974.

Officer Andrew Jubinville
Hillsborough County Department of Corrections

July 18, 2018

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