Captain Nelson J. Himel

Captain Nelson J. Himel

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, May 27, 1936

Nelson J. Himel

Captain Nelson Himel and his wife were shot and killed at his home on the Angola prison camp. The prisoner had been assigned to tend to Captain Himel's yard and attacked his wife when she repulsed his advances. The inmate slit her throat, placed her body in the home's bathtub, and then waited for Captain Himel to return home.

When Captain Himel entered the house the inmate fatally shot him before stealing his revolver and wallet. He was able to leave the prison in Captain Himel's car by telling the gate guards that he was running an errand for the captain. The suspect then abducted another prisoner from the farm.

A large manhunt was started after the bodies were discovered. During the ensuing search Captain Tom Fluitt was shot and fatally wounded by a posseman who mistook him and another man for the escapees.

The suspect was located several days later and committed suicide during a shootout with posse members.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 27, 2015

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