Coal-Barons-Turned-Gambling-Promoters Throw $$$ at Virginia General Assembly to Ram Through Economically...
On March 2, 1911, Danville Police Chief R. E. Morris, who had been elected to three two-year terms and was running for a fourth term, was arrested as an escaped convicted murderer. He admitted that he was really Edgar Stribling of Harris County, Georgia, and had been on the run for thirteen years.Who knew Danville had its own version of Mad Men's Don Draper?
Later in the New York Times report (PDF) on the arrest, it mentions friends of the murdered man had learned of Stribling's whereabouts and "raised funds necessary to take Stribling back to prison." I don't doubt the good old days were just swell, but sometimes you hear things like this and are glad to be alive in 2010. Can you imagine if you found your son's murderer and the police said, "Great! Let us know when you've bought two round-trip plane tickets for us and a one-way ticket back for the killer."