Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution

Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution (HM2C8J)

Location: Ripley, WV 25271 Jackson County
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N 38° 49.167', W 81° 42.715'

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On November 3, 1897, John Morgan
murdered Chloe Greene and two of
her three children, James Greene
and Matilda Pfost. Daughter Alice
Pfost managed to escape despite
being wounded during the attack.
G.W. Shamblen captured Morgan who
was tried and convicted of the
triple murder. O.J. Morrison paid
Morgan for an exclusive prison
interview about his life.

While awaiting execution, murderer
John Morgan escaped from jail but
was recaptured in Roane County by
local authorities. On December
16, 1897, thousands of spectators
converged on Ripley, creating a
carnival like scene. As a result
of the spectacle, in 1899, State
Delegate John S. Darst sponsored
legislation that ended executions
in public places in West Virginia.
HM NumberHM2C8J
Year Placed2014
Placed ByJackson County Historical Society and West Virginia Archives and History
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 438197 N 4296981
Decimal Degrees38.81945000, -81.71191667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.167', W 81° 42.715'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 10.02" N, 81° 42' 42.9" W
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Area Code(s)304
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 North Court Street, Ripley WV 25271, US
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