Guard William H. Moorehead

Guard William H. Moorehead

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 23, 1905

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William H. Moorehead

Guard William Moorehead was fatally injured when an inmate attacked him with an iron pipe in the stamp shop at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus.

Guard Moorehead was taken to a local hospital where he died from head injuries the next day.

The suspect, who was serving a 12-year sentence for manslaughter, was convicted of first-degree murder and executed in the electric chair on September 21st, 1906.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, December 22, 1905
  • Weapon Blunt object; Iron pipe
  • Offender Executed in 1906

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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 Guard William H. Moorehead of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 82 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 23, 2021

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