Correctional Officer James P. Zeiger

Correctional Officer James P. Zeiger

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, January 11, 1973

James P. Zeiger

Correctional Officer James Zeiger was stabbed to death while walking the 8th Gallery of Cell House B at the Stateville Correctional Center.

An inmate attacked him from behind, stabbing him eight times with a knife, inflicting a fatal wound to the heart. The inmate then threw Correctional Officer Zeiger over the rail to the concrete floor 40 feet below.

The suspect was denied parole in 2001 and later died while still incarcerated.

Correctional Officer Zeiger had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for three years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 373

Incident Details

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

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Hi Daddy. After all this time, words can't describe the hurt and sadness of not having you in my life. I was 11 years old when you were taken from me. Luckily i had mom for 55 years before God called her home. I don't worry about her because i know she is with you. I know she is filling you in how all your children grew up but also your grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are making sure they know who you were and that your love for them is unconditional. I love you daddy and miss you so much. Please take of mom. Until we see each other again.

Your daughter

Karen Zeiger

April 14, 2018

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