Prison Guard Archibald Benedict

Prison Guard Archibald Benedict

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, January 9, 1901

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Archibald Benedict

Prison Guard Archibald Benedict was shot and killed by a prisoner at the Auburn State Prison.

The suspect attacked Guard Benedict because the guard reported him for talking in the prison cloth mill, where Guard Benedict supervised 17 inmates. The suspect hit Guard Benedict over the head, then wrestled his service weapons from him. The suspect then shot and killed Guard Benedict.

The suspect was convicted of murder and executed on September 14th, 1903.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed on September 14, 1903

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I have never fully figured out how the prison system became "corrections". These 'people' are not held in the custody of the states to be corrected, but to punish and keep away from society. Correct? What is the percentage of those who actually are "corrected"?

Guard Benedict, you did your best for the sake of society in keeping criminals away from decent people and for that I thank you. You did a job that even now is not pleasant, but HAS to be done and I admire all who take on that daunting task of keeping convicts controlled and peaceful. You truly are a hero.

God Bless and may you forever rest peacefully, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 9, 2016

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