Griffith in Headlines Again in 1921


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/12/1921.

Holly Griffith Tries to Get Out Again

Moundsville, W.Va., May 10 - W.H. (Holly) Griffith, inmate of the state penitentiary and facing trial in Mason county in connection with the death of Ira Roush, of Antiquity, O., is suspected of planning a second escape prison authorities stated today.  A guard, they announced, had overheard Griffith talking to another convict through an iron pipe and immediate precautions were taken to frustrate an attempt at delivery.

Early last January, Griffith made a sensational escape from the institution.  At the same time a fire was discovered in the penitentiary, and Henry Lewis, a convict was found dead.  Griffith was recaptured several weeks later and shortly thereafter tried and convicted on a charge of having killed Lewis.

During the time Griffith was at large, Roush's body was found, and Griffith's movements following his escape are said, by authorities, to have been traced to the vicinity where Roush met his death.