Griffith Continues to Avoid Capture in 1921


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/13/1921.

Griffith Still at Large

Holly Griffith, who made his escape from the penitentiary last week is still at large, the efforts of the prison and other authorities proving futile.

After killing the engineer of the power plant and setting fire to the tailor shop belonging to the penitentiary, the bandit made his escape and is presumed to have his way east toward Fairmont as he is said to have been seen between that city and Mannington.  He was also seen at Mosby's Rock, in Marshall county.

It is stated by men who know Griffith that he has made threats that he would kill several persons, if he ever got the chance, and these individuals are alarmed since they have learned of his escape.  One of these is a brother-in-law named Dawson, a resident of Wirt county, against whom he has an old grudge over the division of some property.  Another is Robert Lemon, of Cairo, who arrested Griffith at Athens and took him back to Cairo in handcuffs, an indignity which rankled his bosom, and it was while they were passing along the town that it is alleged he told Lemon that he would kill him the first chance he got.