Jailer Frank Burkett

Jailer Frank Burkett

Walker County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, June 29, 1948

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Frank Burkett

Jailer Burkett was hit on the head and mortally wounded by two 21 year old men making their escape from the Walker County Jail. He died the next day. Both suspects were recaptured and charged with Jailer Burkett's murder two days later.

One of the suspects was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In September of 1952 he escaped from prison. A few days later he was added to the FBI's 10 most wanted list. He was recaptured in Chicago on May 26, 1953.


  • Age 73
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, June 28, 1948
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 29, 2020

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