Correctional Officer Earl F. DeMarse

Correctional Officer Earl F. DeMarse

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, September 25, 1973

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Earl F. DeMarse

Correctional Officer Earl DeMarse was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Marquette Branch Prison.

The stabbing took place only 15 minutes into his shift at 6:15 a.m. The prisoner who stabbed him was sentenced to life in prison and transferred to a different facility, where he later stabbed and wounded another officer.

Officer DeMarse was a United States Army Air Forces WWII veteran and had served with the Michigan Department of Corrections for 26 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, two brothers, and a granddaughter.

The Earl F. DeMarse Training Academy was named in his memory.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to life

correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Officer DeMarse,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 25, 2023

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