Prison Guard Charles Bartholemew Gillies

Prison Guard Charles Bartholemew Gillies

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 24, 1927

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Charles Bartholemew Gillies

Prison Guard Charles Gillies suffered a fatal heart attack as he maned the front gate at the Folsom Prison during a major riot and attempted prison break.

The riot continued for two days. Local officers and militia were brought in to quell the uprising. Three prisoners were killed and 13 were wounded as officers took control of the prison.

Prison Guard Ray Singleton was stabbed to death at the start of the riot.

The six ringleaders of the riot were convicted of murder in connection with Guard Singleton's death. When the jury sentenced them only to life in prison the local district attorney filed murder charges in connection with the death of a fellow prisoner who was killed during the riot. The six prisoners were convicted and sentenced to death for the prisoner's murder. Four of the six were executed by hanging in January 1930.

One of the prisoners who was executed had originally been sent to prison for the murder of Constable George Boyle, of the Fresno County Constable's Office, on November 18th, 1924.

Prison Guard Gillies was survived by his son.


  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Rest In peace Brother. Thank You for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 24, 2017

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