Murder at the Castle on the Cumberland

A Story of a True and Faithful Wife

by Tom Grassham



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/11/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781475993950
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781475993974
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781475993967

About the Book

Early on the morning of October 3, 1923, the inmates of Eddyville penitentiary in western Kentucky were preparing to leave their cells for breakfast. That was when Chester Walters, known as Monte Tex Walters, made a mad dash for freedom along with two other inmates, killing three guards in the attempt. A three-day siege that would later be called the Battle of Eddyville ensued, ending with the deaths of all three prisoners. When it was over, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Walters, the gang leader’s wife, was left to stand trial for conspiracy and murder, as an accessory before the fact in the death of Hodge Cunningham, one of the guards. Conviction carried the possibility of the death penalty. In Murder at the Castle on the Cumberland, author Tom Grassham recreates the case and trial in which his great-uncle, C. C. Grassham, served as Lillian’s defense counsel. Based on documented facts, Murder at the Castle on the Cumberland narrates the story of cold and cruel domination of a woman who loved her husband. Lillian maintained she had done exactly what any good wife would do. The authorities never could shake her loyalty to her husband.

About the Author

Tom Grassham studied banking at North Texas State University and earned a graduate degree in trust from the ABA at Northwestern University. He served in the US Army and worked thirty-three years as a certified financial institutions examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His great-uncle, C. C. Grassham, was defense counsel for Lillian Walters. Grassham lives in Paducah, Kentucky.