Correctional Officer George Landry

Correctional Officer George Landry

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1942

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George Landry

Correctional Officer George Landry, Correctional Officer Howard Murphy, and Correctional Officer Franklin Weston were stabbed to death at the Massachusetts State Farm in Bridgewater. The three officers were working in the Department of Defective Delinquents section of the farm at the time. Officer Weston had gone with two inmates to carpentry and shoe shop to fix a light. He turned his back to the inmates to screw the light bulb in and was attacked by one of the men and knocked unconscious.

The inmates then grabbed several tools and chisels. Before fleeing they stabbed Officer Weston ten times with a chisel. As they attempted to make their escape they were confronted by Officer Murphy and Officer Landry. Officer Murphy caught them as they headed towards the third floor of the building. The men suddenly turned around and stabbed Officer Murphy with the chisels as well. They also stabbed Officer Landry when he came to the aid of Officer Murphy.

The suspects were eventually apprehended after a standoff with the state police. Both inmates were executed on January 1, 1947, for the three murders.

Officer Landry had been with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Executed in 1947

escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Officer Landry,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Corrections Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Massachusetts. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It’s nice to know that back then Massachusetts knew how to deal with Cop killers.


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