Officer Harry E. Martin

Officer Harry E. Martin

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 19, 1937

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Harry E. Martin

Officer Harry Martin and Warden Clarence Larkin were stabbed to death during a prison escape attempt at Folsom State Prison.

Approximately 40 inmates had been waiting to talk to Warden Larkin concerning upcoming parole hearings when seven of the inmates suddenly attacked him. As they took him into the yard, other guards started firing. In the commotion that followed, Officer Martin and Warden Larkin were both stabbed to death. Officer Martin died at the scene, and Warden Larkin died of his wounds five days later.

One of the seven inmates who attempted to escape was wanted for the murder of Officer James Hill of the Marlow, Oklahoma, Police Department on April 20th, 1931.

Two of the escaping attempts were shot and killed during the incident. The remaining five were all sentenced to death and eventually executed. Two suspects, including the one who had murdered Officer Hill, were executed in the gas chamber on December 2nd, 1938. Two others were executed on December 9, 1938, and the leader of the group was executed on December 16th, 1938.

Officer Martin was a WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife and father.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Executed in 1938

correctional Facility, escape attempt, prisoner custody

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