Guard George Joseph Turley

Guard George Joseph Turley

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, August 14, 1951

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George Joseph Turley

Guard George Turley was beaten to death by a death row inmate during an escape attempt from the Cook County Jail at 26th Street and California Avenue.

The inmate had tricked other guards into letting him out of his cell. He was able to make his way onto the top of the prisoner's outer wall where he encountered Guard Turley, who was in a watchtower. He attacked Guard Turley and beat him to death with his shotgun.

The man then successfully escaped with the shotgun. He remained at large for 48 hours before being taken back into custody. He was was executed on March 14th, 1952, for the original murder he had been convicted of.

Guard Turley was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Cook County Jail for only one month.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Executed in 1952


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Thanks for your service to this great nation, during WWII and to your state. You were only on the job a short time and the criminal you encountered no doubt did or said something that allowed him to gain the tactical edge. It is interesting that you have few reflections. I guess your family moved on --interesting that your former agency had not entered a few messages-anyway I'll reflect on your service and sacrifice. Thanks.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret) and NVDPS
Washoe Sheriff (Reno) and NVDPS

August 14, 2018

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