Frank Grigware Prison File

Frank Grigware, No. 6768

In 1934 a man named Jim Fahey, was cited in Canada for trapping out of season. Fahey was fingerprinted and disovered to be Frank Grigware, who had broken out of Leavenworth Peniteniary twenty-four years earlier. Grigware’s story reads like a real-life “Les Misérables” with Grigware in the role of Jean Valjean. In 1909 he was convicted with four other men of robbing a Union Pacific train outside of Omaha. Grigware’s conviction was controversial because he was the fifth man convicted in a four man robbery. Some believed he was naïve and unaware of his companions activities, while others thought he was involved all along. Grigware was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Leavenworth, but six months later he and five other men stormed a supply train with fake revolvers carved from wood. They forced the engineer to ram through the west gate of the prison. All five were soon captured except for Grigware who escaped to Canada, and led an exemplary life where he became a husband, father and even mayor of his small town until his arrest over two decades later. He was never extradicted and lived the out the rest of his days in Canada.

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