Corrections Officer John Oles

Corrections Officer John Oles

North Dakota State Penitentiary, North Dakota

End of Watch Monday, May 27, 1946

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John Oles

Corrections Officer John Oles was stabbed to death during a prison escape from the North Dakota State Penitentiary's old main building.

The prison trusty stabbed Officer Oles with a bread knife before escaping. The man had been serving a one year sentence for auto theft. He was captured by a posse and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Oles had served with the North Dakota State Penitentiary for four years. He had no known survivors.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 27, 2015

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