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Prison Guard John A. Clay | Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri

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John A. Clay

Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, November 24, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1907

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Guard John Clay and Guard Allison Ephkriams Allison were shot and killed during an escape attempt by inmates.

The inmates had been smuggled four revolvers, ammunition, and explosives into the Missouri State Penitentiary.

After the murders, the inmates were apprehended by citizens in front of the prison.

Three of the inmates were convicted of murder and hanged on June 27, 1907.

One of the three who was hanged was a member of the Morrison-Rosenau Gang, which was responsible for the murders of Detective Thomas Dwyer, Detective James McCluskey, and Detective John Shea, of the St. Louis Police Department, on October 21, 1904.

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Detective Thomas M. Dwyer
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End of Watch: Friday, October 21, 1904
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Detective John J. Shea
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Detective James A. McCluskey
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End of Watch: Saturday, October 22, 1904
Cause: Gunfire

Prison Guard Ephriam Allison
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End of Watch: Friday, November 24, 1905
Cause: Gunfire

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John,
On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Guard for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Missouri. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
November 24, 2017

 

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