Watchman John Osborne

Watchman John Osborne

Cleveland Marshal's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 1, 1853

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John Osborne

Watchman Osborne was stabbed to death while on foot patrol with another watchman on Superior Street Hill. An intoxicated man approached the two from behind and stabbed Watchman Osborne in the neck without being provoked. The other watchman clubbed the suspect and took him into custody. The man was sentenced to death by hanging in June 1854.

Watchman Osborne died of his wounds three days later. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 20, 1853
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to death

ambushed, EDP

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 1, 2020

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