Prison Guard James Hart

Prison Guard James Hart

Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1924

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James Hart

Guard James Hart was beaten and strangled to death by three inmates who were attempting to escape from the Missouri State Penitentiary.

The inmates were able to make it out of the prison during a severe winter snowstorm but were tracked by officers and fatally shot.

Guard Hart had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for three years.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt

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On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Missouri. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol{Retired)

February 4, 2024

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