Deputy Sheriff Earl Anson Torrence

Deputy Sheriff Earl Anson Torrence

Essex County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, November 15, 1948

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Earl Anson Torrence

Deputy Earl Torrence was beaten and strangled to death with a rope by two prisoners in the county jail during an escape attempt. The prisoners had lured Deputy Torrence, the lone jailer on duty, into the cell after the lights had been turned off for the night and then beat him and garroted him.

Deputy Torrence's body was found in the morning with the rope tied around his neck.

The two prisoners escaped from the jail. One suspect was captured the next day in Keene Valley near Elizabethtown. The other suspect was taken into custody a few days later. Both suspects ages 21 and 32 were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 50 years to life.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 50 years to life

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I said a little prayer today for Deputy Torrence and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 10, 2015

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