Custody Officer
Hiram Boone McWilliams
Indiana Department of Correction
Wednesday, November 22, 1911

Age: 40
Served: 1 year, 6 months
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, November 21, 1911

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
1410 South Clark Boulevard, Clarksville
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
Mifflin Cemetery, Mifflin

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   Custody Officer Hiram McWilliams died as a result of injuries he suffered the previous day during an assault by an inmate at the Indiana Reformatory in Clarksville.

   In the afternoon, he was struck by an inmate four times with a six-pound hammer. He was initially taken to the infirmary before being taken to his home where he died from his injuries the following morning.

   The 20-year-old inmate was serving a sentence of one to 14 years in prison for grand larceny from Lawrence County.

   He was later found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After the Indiana Supreme Court ordered a new trial on appeal, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

   Custody Officer McWilliams, from Marengo, was survived by his wife, sister, three brothers and father.

Historic Place

The Indiana State Prison South/Indiana Reformatory/Colgate-Palmolive Historic District consists of 18 contributing buildings dating to 1847 and is roughly bounded by Clark Boulevard, Montgomery Avenue, Missouri Avenue and the CSX railroad tracks. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 2019 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on January 16, 2019.
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This officer, discovered in 2008, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Indiana Department of Correction.

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