Correctional Officer Charles Robert Elder

Correctional Officer Charles Robert Elder

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, August 9, 1954

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Charles Robert Elder

Correctional Officer Charles Elder was killed during an escape attempt.

Between 7:15 am and 8:10 am, Officer Elder was assaulted and stabbed to death by four inmates while he was in the bakeshop at State Correctional Institute Huntingdon. The inmates were attempting to escape through the bakeshop.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

escape attempt

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On this 61st anniversary of your brutal murder, all I can do is hope and pray that those thugs who took your life faced true justice, if not while still held in Pennsylvania or held in the afterlife.

You were doing what I consider one of, if not the toughest job in the criminal justice system and each and every Corrections Officer who pulls his/her weight, free from corruption deserves the highest amount of respect that can be given. Thank you for your service.

God Bless and may you continue to rest in eternal peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 9, 2015

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