Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1980

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Richard James Burke

Correctional Officer Richard Burke was stabbed to death at the Florida State Prison while escorting death row inmates from their cells to the shower. The subject was already serving a death sentence for murdering a couple after robbing them.

The subject who murdered him was sentenced to death and subsequently executed on January 7th, 2014.

Officer Burke had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for only four months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Although it has been 38 years since I lost you, there is never a day that goes by that I don't miss you with every piece of my heart. I was 15 then, now 52, and the pain never seems to go away. Although the man who murdered you was put to death in 2014, and believe me, I am extremely relieved, it does not take away the pain of never having my dad to grow up with. I love you, I miss you...but I know you are looking after me, as you always have. Always your Skeetermonkey.

Carolyn Burke Thompson
Youngest daughter

October 12, 2018

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