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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Supervisor Eric Bowling of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 2, 2023

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