Guard John O. Lynch

Guard John O. Lynch

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, September 11, 1919

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John O. Lynch

Guard John Lynch succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost three weeks earlier during an escape attempt from the Hinds County Prison Farm.

Four inmates - two male and two female - overpowered and disarmed him. The inmates then locked him in a cage on the farm and shot him, causing a serious wound. The inmates fled but were pursued by a large posse. The two female inmates were quickly captured. One of the male inmates was captured in New Orleans three weeks later. He was convicted of Guard Lynch's murder and hanged on May 28th, 1920.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 25, 1919
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1920

escape attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 5, 2013

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