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Anderson Apgriffeth "Griff" Anderson
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Birth: May 8, 1884
Dickinson County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1925
Grady County
Oklahoma, USA

The following story was extracted in part from the website LAWMEN AND OUTLAWS ( with information taken from Official Detective Stories with the original story by Fred Covert, submitted by Pat Hamrick.

Griff Anderson was the Town Marshall of Verden.

On the morning of December 5, 1925 he was found in a railroad boxcar by some boys from the local cotton gin just down the tracks from where they worked.

They summoned Grady County Sheriff Horace Crisp and the former town marshall George Smith.

It appeared that Griff had been killed elsewhere because of the blood stains on the boxcar door where the body had been dragged across it.

Several men in the community told the Sheriff they had seen Griff arguing with Walter Swigart, who was a local man that was know to be somewhat quarrelsome and given to drinking.

That night he had drunk too much liquor and the Griff told him to get off the street. He shouted that he would get even with the Marshall.

At Swigart's home, they found him asleep in bed, fully clothed. His trousers and shirt were splattered with blood. A local chemist indicated the bloodstains on Swigart's clothing were human blood.

Swigart was arrested and given a preliminary hearing, which bound him over to District Court in the spring. He was released on bond because the Sheriff was certain Swigert would not run away since he felt himself to be innocent.

Three months after his release from jail Swigart's body had been found by the railroad tracks outside of the town of Carnegie, Oklahoma. He had been shot several times. There were no leads as to the killer.

Since Griff was so completely against liquor, Sheriff Crisp felt like the local bookleggers might have some vital information.

After talking with a couple of bookleggers the Sheriff found out that former Marshall George Smith had killed Griff.

When the Sheriff confronted Smith and told him he had evidence of the killing, he stated that he did kill Griff.

Smith later entered a plea of guilty to first-degree murder, but denied knowledge of Swigart's death.

He also refused to reveal whether any of the local bootleggers were involved.

On May 25, 1931, Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester, Oklahoma. No charges were ever filed against any of the others.

Family links: 
  David Phipps Anderson (1856 - 1927)
  Melvina Priscilla Ann Jones Anderson (1861 - 1932)
  Pearl Myrtle Moreland Anderson (1893 - 1991)
  Jane Anderson Canterro (____ - 1965)*
  Alex Anderson Moody (1926 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Grady County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Block 28, Lot 30, Grave 3
Maintained by: N. Dale Talkington
Originally Created by: Karen
Record added: Mar 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34692783
Anderson Apgriffeth Griff Anderson
Added by: Mike Sykes
Anderson Apgriffeth Griff Anderson
Added by: N. Dale Talkington
Anderson Apgriffeth Griff Anderson
Added by: N. Dale Talkington
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