Correctional Officer Franklin L. Weston

Correctional Officer Franklin L. Weston

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1942

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Franklin L. Weston

Correctional Officer Franklin Weston, Correctional Officer George Landry, and Correctional Officer Howard Murphy were stabbed to death at the Massachusetts State Farm in Bridgewater.

The three officers were working in the Department of Defective Delinquents section of the farm at the time. Officer Weston had gone with two inmates to carpentry and shoe shop to fix a light. He turned his back to the inmates to screw the light bulb in and was attacked by one of the men and knocked unconscious.

The inmates then grabbed several tools and chisels. Before fleeing they stabbed Officer Weston ten times with a chisel. As they attempted to make their escape they were confronted by Officer Murphy and Officer Landry. Officer Murphy caught them as they headed towards the third floor of the building. The men suddenly turned around and stabbed Officer Murphy with the chisels as well. They also stabbed Officer Landry when he came to the aid of Officer Murphy.

The suspects were eventually apprehended after a standoff with the state police. Both inmates were executed on January 1, 1947, for the three murders.

Officer Weston had been with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, and five grandchildren.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Executed in 1947

escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Correctional Officer Weston, it has been 82 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 15 years of corrections service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 1, 2024

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