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Captain Joseph Kruse | Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa


Joseph Kruse

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

End of Watch: Thursday, June 8, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Sentenced to 90 years

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Captain Joseph Kruse was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary.

Captain Kruse was stabbed in the heart in a scuffle with the inmate in which three other officers were also injured.

The inmate, who had been in prison since 1967, was serving a 16 year sentence for kidnaping a 9 year-old girl and committing lascivious acts with her. He was convicted of second degree murder May 29, 1973, and got 90 years added to his sentence.

Captain Kruse had served with the Iowa Department of Corrections since January 1955 and was promoted to captain in 1968. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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