Correctional Officer Robert Hart

Correctional Officer Robert Hart

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

End of Watch Tuesday, July 9, 1940

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Robert Hart

Correctional Officer Robert Hart was shot and killed by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The inmate had escaped from the prison three weeks earlier but came back and shot Officer Hart as he attempted to free a fellow inmate.

The inmate was convicted of first-degree murder and hanged on November 12th, 1941.

Officer Hart was a United States Army WWI veteran and had served with the Iowa Department of Corrections for six years. He was survived by his wife and two stepsons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 8, 1940
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1941

correctional Facility, escape attempt, escapee

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You were my maternal grandfather's step dad. He told us of how wonderful you were. He mentioned watching the murderer hanged in ft madison. Thank you for your services and heroism.


September 7, 2023

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