Supervisor Samuel Anderson Pickels

Supervisor Samuel Anderson Pickels

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, July 23, 1971

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Samuel Anderson Pickels

Supervisor Samuel Pickels was strangled to death in the Virginia State Penitentiary's metal shop by unknown assailants.

An inmate located his body on the shop floor and alerted other officers.

Supervisor Pickels had served with the Virginia Department of Corrections for 21 years and supervised the metal shop.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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July 23, 2021

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