Deputy Warden Fred Menhennett

Deputy Warden Fred Menhennett

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, December 12, 1921

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Fred Menhennett

Warden Theodore Catlin and Deputy Warden Fred Menhennett, of the Marquette Branch Prison, were both stabbed by prisoners on December 12, 1921. The attack occurred during an afternoon movie showing at the prison. A convict hiding in the theater ran up to Warden Catlin and stabbed him repeatedly. Warden Menhennett tried to intercede and was mortally wounded in the process. The inmate and two accomplices chased Catlin down and continued their attack before finally being subdued.

Menhennett died at the scene, while Catlin lived for six more weeks.

The inmate was reportedly angry at the new warden for taking away some of his freedoms as awarded by the previous warden.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 12, 2011

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