Night Policeman John Austin Robey

Night Policeman John Austin Robey

Lebanon Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, May 7, 1911

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John Austin Robey

Policeman John Robey was stabbed to death while attempting to quell a disturbance in the Baptist Alley section of town. He was attacked by two men, one whom held him as the other stabbed him 19 times.

The two men fled the scene but were both apprehended later in the day. One of the suspects was convicted of Policeman Robey's murder and executed in the electric chair on July 8, 1911. He was the first person to die in Kentucky's new electric chair.

Policeman Robey was survived by his wife.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed in 1911

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Officer Robey,
On today, the 105th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lebanon. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 7, 2016

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