Correctional Officer Andrew F. Turner

Correctional Officer Andrew F. Turner

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, March 26, 1916

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Andrew F. Turner

Correctional Officer Andrew Turner was killed when a prisoner at Leavenworth Federal Prison, Kansas, stabbed him in the mess hall.

The suspect was sent to solitary confinement where he spent the rest of his life. The suspect, later known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, died in 1963.

Officer Turner had served with the Federal Bureau of Prison for three years and had served in the United States Army. He was survived by his wife and two children and is buried in section H grave 3556-A of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in prison

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

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