Correctional Officer John Claussen

Correctional Officer John Claussen

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Nebraska

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1954

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John Claussen

Officer Claussen was stabbed to death by an inmate in the prison's print shop.

The suspect was tried and acquitted October 29, 1954. Two Correctional Officers, who had witnessed the murder, each died of a heart attack a few days before the suspects trial began.

The suspect was serving a double life sentence for the murder of a man and his wife in 1947. On June 7, 1966, he received another life sentence for stabbing a fellow inmate to death seven months earlier. He died in prison December 27, 2002.

Officer Claussen was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 70
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Acquitted

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Thank you for serving in our nation's police force. I hope your family has been able to heal from losing such a good man. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 16, 2016

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