By Howard B. Lee
wrote about him in his
book Looking Backward One Hundred Years In Appalachia, acknowledging Constable Goff was once his
brother, Wirt Lee declined to be deputized to help Constable Goff, stating "I know Holly.He
is a well-armed dangerous outlaw who will kill before he
will submit to arrest."Lee
said Constable Goff replied "I don't need anybody to help me arrest that lad."
Later, Wirt Lee found Goff lying in Griffith's yard.He
wounded body with bed clothes from Griffith's bed and left to summon help.Lee
and some neighbors removed Goff to his
own residence and Dr. Stewart was summoned, who announced nothing could save the injured man.He
died one week later.
...Attorney Holt said the case against Griffith was riddled with flawed evidence, although historian Howard B. Lee was convinced Griffith committed the murder.
had consistently opposed his