Guard Merritt W. Hayden

Guard Merritt W. Hayden

Hampden County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, October 25, 1933

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Merritt W. Hayden

Guard Merritt Hayden succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier when he was attacked by two inmates during an escape from the old Hampden County Jail, at the base of York Street along the Connecticut River.

The two inmates hid in a room next to the recreation yard and then struck him on the head with a club after he climbed down from the guard tower. The two inmates then escaped but were both recaptured. Both were charged with murder.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 22, 1933
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Charged with murder

escape attempt

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