Turnkey Harry Miller Swartz

Turnkey Harry Miller Swartz

Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 1938

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Harry Miller Swartz

Turnkey Swartz was killed when he was struck on the head with a piece of angle iron by an inmate at the Chemung County Jail.

The inmate's brother, who was a prisoner in the adjoining cell, had pried loose several wooden floor boards and found the piece of iron. The man passed it to his brother, who then called to Turnkey Swartz and asked to use the exercise room. When Turnkey Swartz opened the cell door he was attacked and beaten to death. The two brothers then escaped but were arrested a short time later walking along nearby railroad tracks.

Both brothers, ages 21 and 23, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. One was paroled in 1965. The other fought for his release for several years. The last information about him was he was denied parole in 1968.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Iron pipe
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 27, 2012

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