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    • Colorado penitentiary break 1947 escapees John Klinger escaped convict died

    • A man performs an autopsy on John Klinger after his escape attempt from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. He uses a hemostat and pliers to peel back the scalp and ear, revealing bloody brain matter. In the background a tank and hoses...
    • Autopsy--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Dead persons--Colorado--Canon City-- 1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Robert Manley head of Identification Bureau

    • Men sitting in chairs smoke cigarettes in an office at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. Interior furnishings include a roll- top desk with a globe, a phone, and other items on it; a spittoon is on the floor. Calendars (July 1949) on...
    • Correctional personnel--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Manley, Robert.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1949
    • Werner Carl Schwartzmiller : the convict who kidnapped Guard Capt. Chet Wms. Yeo

    • Werner Carl Schwartzmiller with blood covered forehead lies on the floor of Warden Best's office. He was recaptured after leading the break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. A paper matchbook, paper cup, and the shoes of his...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Schwartzmiller, Werner Carl.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Voc. machine shop at medium security

    • Inmates (one Black) at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, use metalworking machinery under hanging, shaded flourescent lights. Wheeled tool carts are among vise mounted tables; a gas heater is on the interior block wall. Corrugated...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Metalworking--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • [between 1940 and 1950?]
    • Richard F. Heilman

    • Heilman, recaptured after the 1947 escape from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, has a rifle aimed at his blood spattered, half shaved head. His hand, wounded by gunshot, is wrapped in bloody rags; he sits holding it. The guard...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Heilman, Richard F.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • James Sherbondy killed Deputy Sheriff (O. W. Meyer) on Battle Mountain near Minturn

    • James Sherbondy, last of 12 captured after the 12/31/47 break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, sits in a leather chair. A man in a sleeveless sweater holds a hand-made pistol used in the escape. Framed portraits and a...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Sherbondy, James.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Pressing the search for James B. Sherbondy

    • Responding to the 1947 break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, National Guardsmen surround a 1930's hardtop sedan. They wear helmets, double-breasted top coats, and carry automatic and semi- automatic machine guns. Snow covers...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Militias--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1947
    • Pressing the search for James Sherbondy

    • Responding to an escape from the State Penitentiary, in Canon City, Colorado, these soldiers carry rifles (one with a telescopic sight.) They wear helmets, double breasted trenchcoats, or fur lined jackets. One crouches over a pile of sticks; snow...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.
    • 1947
    • Colorado penitentiary escapees

    • R. L. Freeman (kidnapper) is escorted by guards after his escape with 11 other inmates from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. His hair is close cropped and partly shaved; his pants and shirt have stencilled numbers. The guards dressed...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Died toward Ransk guard in uniform

    • Orville J. Turley, escapee from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, lays dead in the snow. Convicted for the 1915 murder of Emma G. Wise in Denver, this was how his second escape attempt ended. Men in Fedoras and trenchcoats and guards...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.
    • 1947
    • Warden Roy Best

    • Warden Roy Best is surrounded by law officers holding rifles, and reporters, at the State Penitentiary, Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado, during filming of the movie "Canon City." One newsman writes in a notepad; another holds a microphone with...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison wardens--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prisons--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Best, Roy.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • New store room

    • Frame scaffolding tops this concrete foundation at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. Piled dirt and rock, power poles, a cutting torch cart with oxygen and acetylene tanks, and another piece of machinery, possibly a concrete mixer,...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Construction--Colorado--Canon City--1920-1940.; Prisons--Colorado--Canon City--1920-1940.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Warden Roy Best

    • Roy Best, Warden of the State Penitentiary, sits at his desk, wearing a tie and sweater, Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado. Smoking, he holds weapons crudely fashioned by inmates. The mess on his desk includes a letter opener, a matchbook, packs...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison wardens--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Prisons--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Best, Roy.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • [between 1945 and 1950?]
    • Inmates watching preview of "Canon City", probably were in it

    • Prisoners and officials at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, watch the movie "Canon City," based on the 1947 prison break led by James Sherbondy. Numbers are stamped on the shirts of the convicts.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Colorado Penitentiary break 1947 Werner Schwarzmiller, convict

    • Werner Carl Schwartzmiller, recaptured after leading the break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, glares as Warden Roy Best pulls his shirt. Blood on his head, face and clothes is the result of hammer blows dealt by Mrs. Oliver,...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Schwartzmiller, Werner Carl.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Old entry to prison late 40's

    • Chain-link fence edges the parking lot at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado; where 1940's sedans are parked. The stone prison entrance building has barred windows and an American flag on the roof. The hogback is in the background.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prisons--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • [1945 to 1950?]
    • Colorado Penitentiary break of 1947 Joe Colgan

    • Joe Colgan aims the hand-built shotgun used in the 1947 escape from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. He wears a jacket, plaid muffler, guard cap, spectacles, and has a cigarette in his mouth. Framed pictures and drapes are on the...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Firearms--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colgan, Joseph.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Colorado prison break 1947 Warden Best with James Sherbondy

    • Warden Roy Best closes the cell door on James Sherbondy, recaptured after his escape with 11 other inmates from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Sherbondy, James.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Roy Best, Warden of State Penitentiary at Canon City, Colorado, and unidentified group

    • Responding to the 1947 break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, men and a woman pose in winter clothes with rifles, gloves and a baseball cap. Uniformed guards have ammunition belts, Warden Best wears a cowboy hat, and Orville Cox...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Colorado prison break

    • Laying inside of a soft top truck after his 1947 escape and recapture from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, John Smalley is flanked by crouching men in winter coats. The interior dashboard has "Willy's" embossed in the center over gauges.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Smalley, John.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Schwarzmiller captured after his break in 1947

    • Werner Carl Schwartzmiller lays on the floor of Warden Best's office, recaptured after leading the break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. A paper matchbook, paper cup, and the shoes of his captors surround him.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Schwartzmiller, Werner Carl.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Colorado penitentiary break 1947

    • Laying on a wadded, pinstriped prison mattress at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, this recaptured escapee has his hand to his mouth. Men write on pads of paper; one wears a baseball cap. A man in a tweed jacket and smoking a...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Fenwick, Red.; Tolley, A. B.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1947
    • Ailie "Dick" Smith shot in shootout with prison escapees

    • Rancher Ailie "Dick" Smith, lies in a hospital bed after being wounded in the elbow during a shootout with prisoners at his ranch. The inmates, who included John Klinger, made an escape attempt from the State Penitentiary in Canon City (Fremont...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Crime victims--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Hospitals--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Smith, Ailie, 1902-1997.
    • 1948
    • Ailie "Dick" Smith, shot in shootout at ranch

    • Rancher Ailie "Dick" Smith, grimaces as he lies in a hospital bed after being wounded in the elbow during a shootout with prisoners at his ranch. The inmates, who included John Klinger, made an escape attempt from the State Penitentiary in Canon...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Hospitals--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Victims of crimes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Smith, Ailie, 1902-1997.
    • 1948
    • Colorado penitentiary escapes

    • Guards carry a slumping convict (R. L. Freeman, kidnapper) through interior barred gates at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. Snow is on their pants, shoes and hats. Men stand in the foreground; one holds a cigar.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Prison escapes--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Freeman, R. L.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1947
    • Typical cell

    • Retracted bars reveal the interior of this prison cell at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. Porcelain sinks alternate with beds, and the wall is hung with framed images of puppies, a clipper ship, and men on a raft. A calendar has a...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Prisons--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1944
    • Colorado prisoners break 12/31/47

    • Lying on a wadded, pinstriped mattress, this captured escapee from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, appears defiant in his dungarees, shirt and stained jacket. Interior prison bars are behind him; the man squatting in the foreground...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Fenwick, Red.; Tolley, A. B.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1947
    • Inmates watching the movie "Canon City" being filmed

    • Convicts look down from interior pipe railed metal balconies at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, during the filming of the movie "Canon City." Warden Roy Best, guards and inmates were used as extras in the film.
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1948
    • Coring apples

    • Inmates (some Black) sitting on metal stools at the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado, work at benches with central conveyor belts, buckets and faucets. They wear denim and striped clothes, golf and fedora hats. Interior electric light...
    • Canon City (Colo.)--1940-1950.; Conveying systems--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Interiors.; Prisoners--Colorado--Canon City--1940-1950.; Colorado State Penitentiary.
    • 1945

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