Warden Patrick N. Curran

Warden Patrick N. Curran

Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, May 31, 1973

Patrick N. Curran

Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold were stabbed to death by two members of a religious group that was upset with prison restrictions at Holmesburg Prison. The two had planned in detail the murder of Deputy Warden Fromhold for his refusal to grant more meeting time to the group in the prison gym.

The suspects created a fake pass which they gave to a rookie guard who was filling in for a regular guard at the prison. The pass indicated they were allowed to see Deputy Warden Fromhold. When they entered his office the two closed the door and attacked him as he sat at his desk, stabbing him several times. Warden Curran and another officer heard the commotion from across the hall and went to assist Deputy Warden Fromhold. Warden Curran was stabbed in the back by one of the inmates in the rescue attempt. Deputy Warden Fromhold succumbed to his wounds at the scene and Warden Curran succumbed to his wounds en route to a local hospital.

One of the two suspects was in prison for the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Kelly on February 21, 1971. After the murders of Deputy Warden Fromhold and Warden Curran both suspects were sentenced to life in prison.

In 1995 a new prison facility was named the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in honor of Warden Curran and Deputy Warden Fromhold.

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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Both sentenced to life

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This year, the Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors will honor the families of Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold at the Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors Weekend, which will be held in North Wildwood, NJ October 2-4. Let's not just say we will not forget, let's prove it by showing that although time has past, we will always remember those who have died in the line of duty and their families.

Capt, (ret) Jame J. Kerrigan
Philadelphia Fire Department

July 19, 2015

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