Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

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

Captain

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

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

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.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 7 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

TO CAPTAIN KRUSE'S MEMORY AND TO HIS FAMILY A LONG TIME AGO ON THIS DATE IN 1972 JOSEPH WAS TAKEN FROM YOU IN A SENSELESS ACT BY A SAVAGE, CAPT KRUSE IS A HERO AND SERVED HIS STATE AND PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE TODAY WE REMEMBER JOE HE IS GONE BUT IS NEVER FORGOTTEN, GOD BLESS

C/O CHIRICHELLO L CERT/HONOR GUARD
LANCASTER PRISON PA
June 8, 2016

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2016 Deaths