Principal Keeper James B. Durnin

Principal Keeper James B. Durnin

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Thursday, November 17, 1927

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James B. Durnin

Principal Keeper James Durnin was stabbed by an inmate with a shank as he stood guard outside the prison mess hall at the Auburn State Prison.

The suspect was convicted of Keeper Durnin's murder and executed on August 9th, 1928.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Executed in 1928

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I said a little prayer today for Keeper Durnin and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 16, 2015

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