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Correctional Officer George Landry | Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

Correctional Officer

George Landry

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Thursday, January 1, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 1/1/1942

Weapon: Edged weapon

Suspect: Executed in 1947

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Officer George Landry, Officer Howard Murphy and Officer Franklin Weston were stabbed to death at the Massachusetts State Farm in Bridgewater. The three officers were working in the Department of Defective Delinquents section of the farm at the time. Officer Weston had gone with two inmates to carpentry and shoe shop to fix a light. He turned his back to the inmates to screw the light bulb in and was attacked by one of the men and knocked unconscious.

The inmates then grabbed several tools and chisels. Before fleeing they stabbed Officer Weston ten times with a chisel. As they attempted to make their escape they were confronted by Officer Murphy and Officer Landry. Officer Murphy caught them as they headed towards the third floor of the building. The men suddenly turned around and stabbed Officer Murphy with the chisels as well. They also stabbed Officer Landry when he came to the aid of Officer Murphy.

The suspects were eventually apprehended after a standoff with the state police. Both inmates were executed on January 1, 1947, for the three murders.

Officer Landry had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 1, 2012

 

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