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Warden Clarence Larkin | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

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Clarence Larkin

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Friday, September 24, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 9/19/1937

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Suspect: Executed in 1938

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Warden Clarence Larkin and Officer Harry Martin were stabbed to death during a prison escape attempt at Folsom State Prison. Approximately 40 inmates had been waiting to talk to Warden Larkin concerning upcoming parole hearings when seven of the inmates suddenly attacked him. As they took him into the yard other guards started firing. In the commotion that followed Officer Martin and Warden Larkin were both stabbed to death. Officer Martin died at the scene and Warden Larkin died of his wounds five days later.

One of the seven inmates who attempted to escape was wanted for the murder of Officer James Hill, of the Marlow, Oklahoma, Police Department, on April 20, 1931.

Two of the escaping attempts were shot and killed during the incident. The remaining five were all sentenced to death and eventually executed. Two suspects, including the one who had murdered Officer Hill, were executed in the gas chamber on December 2, 1938. Two others were executed on December 9, 1938, the leader of the group was executed on December 16, 1938.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer James Richard Hill
Marlow Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Harry H. Martin
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Sunday, September 19, 1937
Cause: Stabbed

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I listen to old radio shows, and today heard the 11th Dragnet show from 1949. It was dedicated to Warden Larkin.

The tribute can be heard at the end of the tenth recording named '16 Jewel Thieves'.
R.I.P.

Ben Washburn
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May 11, 2013

 

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