Correctional Officer Vern M. Jarvis

Correctional Officer Vern M. Jarvis

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, January 26, 1969

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Vern M. Jarvis

Correctional Officer Vern Jarvis was stabbed 26 times with a homemade knife while on duty in the prisoners living quarters of the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. His body was found hidden in a utility closet by another officer.

An investigation revealed that he had been stabbed by a prisoner who was seeking revenge against Officer Jarvis because the officer had confiscated the inmate's candy, fruit, and magazines when the inmate had been sent to a segregation unit.

The inmate was convicted of Officer Jarvis' murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was moved to Oregon State Penitentiary in 1982.

Correctional Officer Jarvis was a US Army Veteran of 21 years and served in WWII and the Korean War. He had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 7065
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Jarvis,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army-especially during WW II and the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

January 26, 2019

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