Breakout! A violent Prison Escape

Oregon State Penitentiary, 1890

Oregon State Penitentiary, 1890

During its one hundred forty-six year history the Oregon State Penitentiary has been the site of many escapes and attempted escapes. One of the more dramatic escapes occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on August 12, 1925. Detailed newspaper accounts describe a hail of bullets that left one inmate and two guards dead, one guard seriously wounded and another badly beaten.


A rogues gallery: the backgrounds of the escapees

Work, defiance and desperation: life in the pen

The escape...and capture

And in the end, justice is served

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