Night Watchman George Workner

Night Watchman George Workner

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, March 15, 1808

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George Workner

Night Watchman Workner was stabbed to death during a jail break of nine inmates from the Baltimore Jail.

The inmates had fashioned pewter keys and picked the locks to their cell doors. Then they attacked the guards with a small knife one of the inmates had obtained. Watchman Workner was stabbed in the side during the escape and died from the wound the following day.

Four of the nine inmates were apprehended and sentenced to death for Watchman Workner's murder. Their execution date was set for April 22, 1808, but they again attempted to escape two days beforehand. That escape attempt failed and they were hung in the jail's courtyard at noon on April 22, 1808.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Monday, March 14, 1808
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed in 1808

escape attempt

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Watchman Workner, it's now been 214 years since your brutal murder and those responsible paid nearly as long ago. You have not been forgotten after all this time, nor will you be. As new as the nation was, crime was not new to it, and men like you worked hard to keep it under control and for that service and those efforts, Thank You, Brother.

May God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 15, 2022

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