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Correctional Officer Merle E. Clutts | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

Correctional Officer

Merle E. Clutts

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, October 22, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Location: Illinois

Incident Date: 10/22/1983

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Correctional Officer Merle Clutts was killed when he was stabbed by an inmate with a homemade prison shank at USP Marion in Marion, Illinois.

The suspect, a former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, was being escorted back to his cell after having a shower when another inmate slipped him a shank. The suspect then ran down the tier and attacked Correctional Officer Clutts whom he had a vendetta against. By the time the officers got the suspect off Correctional Officer Clutts and him to safety he had been stabbed 40 times. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Prior to Officer Clutts' murder the suspect had murdered three fellow inmates. One of the three shot and killed Officer Henry W. Jennings of the Hartford, Connecticut, Police Department on May 25, 1964.

Just eight hours later Correctional Officer Robert Hoffmann would be murdered in the same prison in an unrelated incident.

Correctional Officer Clutts had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 19 years.

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