Correctional Officer John Elder

Correctional Officer John Elder

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 1882

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John Elder

Officer John Elder was killed when he was attacked and suffocated by three inmates while watching over the Hospital Ward of the Iowa State Penitentiary. The inmates escaped but were recaptured a few days later.

On May 19, 1882, two of the inmates were convicted of first degree murder and senteced to life in prison. One was pardoned in 1892 and the other inmate died in prison in 1896. The third inmate was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years.

Officer Elder is buried at the grounds of the Iowa State Penitentiary Cemetery, Lee County, Iowa.


  • Age 73
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace, Officer Elder. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

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January 3, 2014

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