Corrections Employee Burch D. Slote

Corrections Employee Burch D. Slote

Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, July 6, 1980

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Burch D. Slote

Officer Slote was stabbed to death by two inmates whom he was going to write up. He had caught the inmates stealing sugar the previous day and on the day he was killed he caught them making hamburgers. After throwing away the food he began to write them up when he was attacked, beaten, and stabbed 23 times.

His killer, 24, serving a 5 year to life sentence for a 1979 kidnapping and robbery conviction, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in 1981. He was paroled on January 15, 2022. The other inmate, 21, serving a life sentence for a 1977 murder conviction, was charged with aiding and abetting in a murder. He died in prison on September 30, 2004.

Officer Slote had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Paroled in 2022

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Officer Slote,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Kansas. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 6, 2020

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