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The West Virginia Sheepdog
People sleep
peaceably in their
beds at night only
because rough
men stand ready
to do violence on
their behalf.      
  -George Orwel
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This self published a booklet entitled
"Beyond Reproach" is about the 1919
murder of B & O Police Officer L. C.
Speece. The murder occurred in
Parkersburg. The 20 page booklet covers
the murder, arrest, and trial. It is available
at J & M's Used Bookstore at 1215 Blizzard
Drive Suite B, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Telephone #(304)422-8733.  He is selling
them for $3.00 each. It is believed to be
the only murder of a police officer in the
history of Wood County.
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The man pictured above is Sgt. Sam
Taylor, the iconic first man to enlist in
the WVSP in 1919. Photo probably
taken in Mingo County. - Provided by
Merle Cole
Image above is extracted from a publicity photo announcing the
newly formed WV Turnpike Patrol, established in September
1954. At left is Sgt. Stanley O. Perrine; at right, Lt. Marion C. Yoak
(commanding officer). - Provided by Merle Cole
Photo below shows the Sharon detachment, date unknown. This photo appeared on page 25
of State Police Magazine (Spring 1927). - Provided by Merle Cole

On 20 June 1924, State Police Private Ulric L. Crawford was murdered from ambush
near Martinsburg by George E. Speight, a deranged farmer with a strong dislike for law
enforcement. The resultant manhunt was the largest single mobilization of State Police
manpower since the unionization violence in the southern coal fields. The manhunt was
led by Lieutenants Mack B. Lilly and Charles A. Wood. Lieutenant Wood left Clarksburg
by train with 18 men. Shortly after the train pulled out, Lieutenant Lilly left Haywood
Junction in a Cadillac touring car accompanied by Sergeants Sam Taylor and Olin Ruth,
and Privates Fred Currence and Eldon S. Duckworth. By dint of hard driving along
unpaved roads, Lilly’s party made a record-breaking 200 mile run and “arrived on the
scene six hours ahead of the train.” The troopers immediately set off into the hills after
Speight. Eventually some 50 troopers assembled in the area. They and a civilian posse
tracked the murderer to a barn near Tomahawk on 21 June. After several hours of
heavy gunfire, including use of a machine gun and dynamite by the troopers, Speight
was mortally wounded. He died in the car taking him to the hospital in Martinsburg. This
photo shows the car parked beside the barn where the gunfight occurred. The men in
the car are, front seat, from right—Sgt. Taylor (driver), Sgt. Ruth, Lt. Lilly, Lt. Wood (who
led the train party and did not ride in the vehicle) on running board; in back seat, from
right—Pvts. Duckworth and Currence. - Provided by Merle Cole
Parkersburg P.D at a 1925 memorial
service for Captain W. A. Smith in
front of Leavitt Funeral Home.
Corporal Adkins poses in front of the blue and gold.  The State Police went to these colors
celebrating thw West Virginia Centenial in 1963.