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

Age: 41
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
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 Disposition:
Charged
Burial Place:
Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville

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

   Two male inmates had been called out of their cells in the evening to repair a motor in one of the wells at the institution. Their intent was to escape and 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.

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

   Both inmates, who had been transferred to the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City after the escape attempt, were charged with first-degree murder.

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

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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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