Custody Officer
John H. Grimm
Indiana Department of Correction
Sunday, May 8, 1921

Age: 59
Served: 18 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, May 8, 1921
10:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1410 South Clark Boulevard, Clarksville
Incident County:
Clark
Incident Township:
Jeffersonville
Weapon Used:
Hammer
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville

   Custody Officer John Grimm was beaten to death by inmates during an attempted escape from the Indiana Reformatory in Clarksville.

   Upon entering the prison bakery, Custody Officer Grimm was beaten with a hammer by six inmates who had plotted to escape from the prison that evening. The inmates then took Custody Officer Grimm's revolver and shot him once through his mouth. As the inmates made their way out of the prison, they seized the weapon of another guard after he was bound and gagged. It was later determined that Custody Officer Grimm died from 11 distinct fractures to his skull and not from the gunshot wound.

   All six of the inmates were captured on the grounds of the prison. A 27-year-old inmate, who was shot, later died from his wounds. A 21-year-old inmate, who was shot and wounded, was sentenced to life in prison and died while incarcerated in 1933. A 20-year-old inmate was sentenced to life in prison. The remaining three inmates were charged as accessories.

   Custody Officer Grimm was survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two brothers, sister and mother.