Holly Griffith Escapes Penitentiary in 1921


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/6/1921.

Man-Killer Griffith Escapes from Pen
Noted Wirt County Bandit at Large
Holly Griffith, of Creston, Kills Convict Guard and Makes Good His Escape
Life-Termer Who Terrorized People Here a Few Years Ago

Holly Griffith, the noted desperado who shot and killed Constable Jeff Goff at Creston and later on a police officer at Gassaway, in the summer of 1915, and who terrorized this whole country while dodging the officers of the law, made his escape from the Moundsville penitentiary where he was serving a life term, Thursday night.

Griffith entered the engine room of the power plant of the penitentiary, killed the engineer, wounded another and cut the belt that runs the dynamo for lights.  In the darkness he made good his escape and is now at large.  Guards from the penitentiary and other officers are scouring the country in an effort to capture him.