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. Watchman Osborne succumbed to his wounds three days later.

The man was sentenced to death by hanging in June 1854.

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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Watchman John Osborne of the Cleveland Marshal's Office, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 1, 2022

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