Prisoners Escape From Jail 1911

03/07/2009

RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

I HAVE CREATED THIS RECORD WHILE RESEARCHING THE OLD NEWSPAPERS .

TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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THE DAILY PRESS - THURSDAY , SEPTEMBER 28, 1911

VOL. I

USE HACK SAWS SUPPLIED TO CONFEDERATE TO SEVER LOCKS AND BARS

THREE NOW AT LARGE

TREMMELL , FLANNAGIN AND ROWE MAKE GOOD ESCAPE WHILE CROWLEY SPENDS NIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY

A BROOM , A PIECE OF TWINE , SIX HACK SAWS , A SMALL GRASS ROPE AND CUNNING INGENUITY ON THE PART OF THE INMATES OF THE COUNTY JAIL FORMED THE COMBINATION THAT RESULTED IN WHOLESALE LIBERATION OF PRISONERS LAST NIGHT BETWEEN 8 AND 9 O'CLOCK . THE BROOM , TWINE , BRAINS AND ROPE WHERE SUPPLIED ON THE INSIDE , WHILE THE SAWS WERE SUPPLIED BY A CONFEDERATE OF ONE OF THE PRISONERS . THE ABSENCE OF SHERIFF ED LAWSON WHO WAS ON HIS WAY HOME FROM LITTLE ROCK WHERE HE WENT TO TAKE TO PRISONERS TO THE INSANE ASYLUM.

THERE WERE ONLY FOUR PRISONERS IN THE COUNTY JAIL - LOUIS CROWLEY , CHARGED WITH MURDER OF POLICEMAN GEORGE SMITH AND HELD IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND . J.A. TRAMMELL WHO WAS RECENTLY CHARGED WITH MURDER OF C.A. GREGG , A RAILROAD MAN , THE CRIME BEING COMMITTED ON DECEMBER 26 IN THE ELK CAFE IN THIS CITY , C.F. FLANNAGIN RECENTLY INCARCERATED ON THE CHARGE OF ROBBING SOME BOYS I THE IRON MOUNTAIN YARDS AND TOM ROWE A NATIVE OF THIS COUNTY HELD ON THE CHARGE OF FORGERY . ALL THE PRISONERS MADE GOOD THEIR ESCAPE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LOUIS CROWLEY WHO MADE NO EFFORT TO GAIN HIS LIBERTY.

THE STORY OF THE ESCAPE AND THE PREPARATIONS THAT LED UP TO IT ARE BEST TOLD BY LOUIS CROWLEY , THE SOLE REMAINING INMATE OF THE JAIL WHEN INTERVIEWED THIS MORNING HE STATED THAT HE KNEW OF THE CONTEMPLATED EFFORT TUESDAY WHEN FLANNAGIN TOLD HIM HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF SAWS THAT HAD BEEN SUPPLIED BY A FRIEND . CROWLEY ASKED IF HE WISHED TO GAIN HIS LIBERTY BY BREAKING JAIL TO WHICH HE REPLIED THE NEGATIVE . FLANNAGIN TOLD CROWLEY IF HE PEACHED HE WOULD BE KILLED BEFORE HE MADE HIS ESCAPE . CROWLEY STATES THAT HE HAD NO DESIRE TO BE CARRIED OUT OF JAIL FEET FOREMOST AND FOR THAT REASON KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT.

ON TUESDAY MORNING , FLANNAGIN SECURED A BROOM AND A PIECE OF TWINE WHICH HE WOUND AROUND THE HANDLE OF THE BROOM . INSERING THE HANDLE THROUGH THE OUTER BARS HE UNWOUND THE STRING AND LET IT DOWN TO HIS FRIEND . A SAW WAS ATTACHED TO THE STRING , FLANNAGIN WOUND THE STRING UP AGAIN AND PULLED THE SAW THROUGH THE BARS . THIS OPERATION WAS REPEATED UNTIL ALL SAWS WERE INSIDE THE JAIL . THE SAWS WERE KEPT CONCEALED UNTIL AROUND NOON YESTERDAY . . WHEN TRAMMELL , ROWE AND FLANNAGIN WENT TO WORK ON THE LOCKS ON THE WEST WINDOW. THE THREE CUT THE LOCKS AND BARS AND USED A GRASS ROPE THAT WAS USED TO SUSPEND THE BEDS FROM THE FLOOR TO ESCAPE THRU THE WINDOW.

THE SHERIFF RETURNED ON THE 3:30 MORNING TRAIN AND WENT TO BED , KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT THE ESCAPE . AT THE TIME OF THE ESCAPE MRS. LAWSON AND HER CHILDREN HAD PROBALLY JUST RETIRED . THEY WENT TO THE HOME OF FRANCIS CLARK , FATHER OF MRS. LAWSON .

SHERIFF LAWSON GOT BUSY THE FIRST THING THIS MORNING WIRING TO ALL TRIBUTARY POINTS AND LEFT TOWN HIMMSELF ABOUT SEVEN O'CLOCK TO PURSUE THE PRISONERS.