Superintendent Robert Patton McMinn

Superintendent Robert Patton McMinn

Brazos County Convict Camp, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 4, 1913

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Robert Patton McMinn

Superintendent Robert McMinn was beaten to death with a mattock by an inmate who was attempting to escape from a work crew along the Wellborn Road, near Wellborn, Texas.

The inmate attacked Superintendent McMinn at approximately 8:00 am by striking him in the face with a mattock (a tool similar to a pick ax). The prisoner then struck him two more times on the back of his head after he fell to the ground before escaping with two other prisoners.

Two other prisoners immediately came to Superintendent McMinn's aide and shot at the three escapees. All three escapees were eventually apprehended. The subject who struck Superintendent McMinn stated the other two inmates did not participate in the attack. He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of Superintendent McMinn's murder.

On January 13th, 1915, the prisoner was shot and killed when he attempted to disarm a guard while trying to escape from the State Plantation at Allen Farm, in Brazos County.

Superintendent McMinn was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Pick ax
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Supt. McMinn,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brazos County. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 4, 2016

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