Custody Officer
C. Virgil Orem
Indiana Department of Correction
Tuesday, January 21, 1919

Age: 41
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, November 19, 1917

Incident to Death Duration:
1 year, 63 days
Incident Location:
1410 South Clark Boulevard, Clarksville
Incident County:
Clark
Incident Township:
Jeffersonville
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville

   Custody Officer Virgil Orem died from injuries he suffered 14 months earlier after being assaulted during an escape attempt at the Indiana Reformatory in Clarksville.

   On the evening of the assault, two inmates had been called out of their cells to repair a motor in one of the wells at the institution. The inmates, whose intent was to escape, believed Custody Officer Orem possessed the keys to an engineering vault containing ropes and pulleys. As Custody Officer Orem returned to the area where the inmates were working, he was struck about his head with a heavy piece of iron and beaten nearly unconscious.

   Custody Officer Orem was able to return to work performing light duties after about six weeks, but developed a worsening paralytic condition about a month before he died, on his 41st birthday.

   Custody Officer Orem was survived by his wife, three sons, two sisters and three brothers.