Supervisor Eric Bowling

Supervisor Eric Bowling

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 1984

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Eric Bowling

Supervisor Eric Bowling was beaten to death with a ten-gauge bar of sheet metal at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

Immediately after the crime, the inmate admitted the murder to a corrections officer.

The inmate who beat him was a former death row inmate who was released from death row in the early 1970s when Ohio's death penalty was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was tried and convicted of aggravated murder and again sentenced to death for the murder of Supervisor Bowling. He died in January 2005 while still incarcerated.

Supervisor Bowling was a United States Navy World War II veteran. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Uncle Eric,
You are now reunited with your brothers. My Dad Burl was so proud of you. You have a lot of nieces and nephews that have followed in your footsteps. Myself included. My son is a officer and I pray for him everyday! Keep a good watch out for him.
You're thought if and misses.
Tracey Bowling Sandy

Tracey Bowling Sandy

March 20, 2024

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