Turnkey John Walters

Turnkey John Walters

Seneca County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 10, 1887

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John Walters

Turnkey John Walters was beaten to death by two suspects who were in jail awaiting trial for horse theft. The two men attacked Turnkey Walters and beat him to death with an iron stove shaker.

One suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The other, who never confessed and kept saying the other did it, was hanged on November 15, 1888.

Turnkey Walters had served with the agency for only one year.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 9, 1887
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender One executed; One sentenced to life

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I said a little prayer today for Turnkey Walters and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York hero.

Robyn Wilkes

January 7, 2016

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