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Deputy Warden Robert Frederick Fromhold, Sr. | Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania

Deputy Warden

Robert Frederick Fromhold, Sr.

Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Both sentenced to life

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Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold and Warden Patrick Curran 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. Deputy Warden Fromhold was survived by his wife.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Joseph V. Kelly
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, February 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

Warden Patrick N. Curran
Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 1973
Cause: Stabbed

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