Guard John P. Greer

Guard John P. Greer

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1938

John P. Greer

Guard Greer succumbed to stab wounds sustained 11 days earlier, during an escape attempt at the Eastham State Prison Farm in Houston County, Texas. Guard Greer was stabbed in the stomach by one of the eight prisoners who attempted to escape. Other guards who were at the prison farm opened fire on the prisoners during the escape, killing six of them.

Guard Greer was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his wife and son and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 16, 1938
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was told so many stories throughout my life about this horrific day. My grandmother was his wife at the of the incident. She married my fathers dad after he passed away. She passed away when I was very young, so I learned most of the stories from my Aunt Billie Robinson which was his daughter. I know he was strong and fought hard to stay alive before he succumbed to his injuries eleven days later. God bless him and my entire family for their sacrifices.

Critical Care Paramedic Brandi Anderson
Granddaughter of his wife

March 21, 2017

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