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

Officer Robert Hart was shot and killed by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary. 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 November 12, 1941.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1941

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Robert Alan Hart was my Grandmother's brother. My Grandmother was Bessie G Hart King who died in 1980. I remember my mom telling me the story of my Grandma suddenly rushed my mom into the house for the night. Mom thought it was strange for it was pretty early in the evening. Soon, someone can knocking on the door. The visitor informed my grandma of her brother being hurt and does she want him to take her to the hospital. She replied, "it's too late". It was felt that she had a sixth sense, but kept it to herself, for being a Preacher's wife.

Alice Rogers
Great-Great Niece

December 12, 2015

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