Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Different Version of Floyds Demise From An Actual Official That Was There

Blasting a Gmen Myth
Oct. 22, 1934, G-Man Melvin Purvis cornered Bank Robber Charles ("Pretty Boy") Floyd in a farmhouse near East Liverpool, Ohio. When Floyd, armed with two .45-cal. pistols, fled across a stubbled cornfield toward the woods, Purvis and his men shot him to death. It was one of the most celebrated exploits of the G-men, forerunners of the present-day FBI agents, and enhanced Purvis' reputation as one of the country's ablest crime fighters. The story of Floyd's death stood unchallenged for almost 45 years.
Last week, however, retired East Liverpool Police Captain Chester C. Smith, now 84, came forward with a far different account of Floyd's death. One of six officers who accompanied Purvis that day, Smith was the first to spot Floyd trying to escape. Said Smith: "I knew Purvis couldn't hit him, so I dropped him with two shots from my .32 Winchester rifle." Stunned but not seriously wounded, Floyd sat up and was immediately disarmed by Smith.
Then, said Smith, Purvis ran up and ordered: "Back away from that man. I want to talk to him."Pretty Boy glared and cursed. At which point, said Smith, Purvis turned to G-Man Herman Hollis and said: "Fire into him." Hollis obeyed, said Smith, killing Floyd with a burst from a tommy gun.
Was there a coverup? "Sure was," said Smith, "because they didn't want it to get out that he'd been killed that way." Smith, who was promoted to captain following Floyd's killing, said he decided it was proper to set the record straight now because, of the seven men involved, only he remains alive — and the truth can no longer hurt anyone.

Here are some documents from Mr. Floyds death as well as autopsy pics and the alledged site where Floyd actually died.

Perhaps the most damaging evidence to Mr. Arthur's story is this autopsy picture.  There is only one bullet hole on his chest.  There is another pic I have seen that shows one bullet hole in his arm.  That part would collaberate Mr. Arthur saying he shot Floyd twice, but according to the autopsy report, the chest wound is what killed Mr. Floyd.  As you can see, his chest isn't full of holes, as a Tommy Gun would surely cause.  
I would like to hear more about it from Mr. Arthur!  I didn't know anyone was still alive from that incident!  To hear his whole story would be great!  Maybe it didn't go down like the article is written.  Perhaps he was misquoted.   Or maybe the other bullet holes are under the sheet draped over his body.  There were questions about the autopsy at the time.  If you read the documents you will see that Mr. Floyd had been embalmed before the autopsy and there was an extra injury from that.  Maybe that was the Tommy Gun Fire.  Definitely need to hear more of the tale!

Midnight Runs Across The County

 This summer has been one big adventure for G12.  We have been all over the county investigating different areas.  Bowmans Cemetery has been a favorite and Hot spot. 

Gretchens Lock has also been a favorite Hot spot for us.  We have been down there under many conditions, including fog.  That is important though to learn.  It is the same with catching your breath in a picture. 

We met the cutest little raccoon at Gretchen's.  I hope he is okay.  Haven't seen him in a while.  Some people are feeding him, and I hope no one hurts him thinking he means them harm.  People need to stop feeding him so he stops coming around.  One of my crew members, Sammi, calls him road kill because she thinks he will get hit by a car sooner or later, trying to cross the road to people when some other idiot goes speeding down through there like they do.  I agree with her. 

We have done private homes, public places and businesses.  We have also made many new friends, and enemies, unfortunately.  You will have that in the ghost hunting field though.  Can't be helped.  Now we are going in a completely new direction.  I am excited for the path we have started down.  With 20 plus crew members, next years tour schedule should be easy to accomplish.    And far reaching.  We have only hit the tip of the iceberg in Columbiana County.  Next year we hope to hit Wellsville, Salem,  Salineville, and Leetonia.  Plus our usual spots.  And we are always looking for a new place to investigate, public or private.  Any suggestions?