The Pound Gap Massacre 2

The Pound Gap Massacre 2

The Pound Gap Massacre, Part 2.

The Pound Gap massacre as it came to be known was shocking on several levels. The greatest shock of all was the person suspected of committing the heinous act. Over the next 10 days there were multiple sightings of Dr. MB Taylor, and the Fleming Brothers, curiously enough, in these sightings they were never described as men who were on the run. However just over 3 weeks had passed before the indictment was handed down and over 2 months before the first arrest attempt is recorded.

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Deputy Sheriff John Miller and 22 men had gotten word where Taylor and the Fleming Brothers were and went to arrest them. The story goes that they were hid out in the “Clefts of the Cumberland” the posse approached the site openly with no resistance, however it is said that one of the deputies slipped in the mud and his gun went off starting a battle that ended with Henan Fleming being severely wounded but none of the men were captured that day. Doc Taylor would make his way back to his home in Wise Va. and hide out in his attic, believing that the lawmen were not interesting in arresting him but rather his death. The Flemings went into hiding and it would be nearly two years before they would be found.

Dr. Marshall Benton Taylor would be arrested without incident on July 22, 1892 in Bluefield West Va. by WG Baldwin of the Baldwin Detective agency as he calmly sat on a passenger train waiting for it to depart heading south. Taylor had remained hidden in his house until his son Sylvan Taylor convinced him that he needed to leave the area, Sylvan then took his father to his home supplied him with new clothes and $60 then put him in a boxcar heading North to Bluefield West Va. from there he would spend the night in a motel and the next day catch a passenger train heading to Florida. it was hoped that in doing this it would throw off pursuit and that he would escape, however he had been seen in Norton Va. boarding the train and commonwealth attorney Robert P. Bruce wired the Baldwin Detective agency to be on the lookout for the fugitive.

Doctor Marshall Benton Taylor would be held in the Bluefield West Va. Jail for a few days while Detective Baldwin went to Gladeville to secure his reward, as it had been posted by a private party. He would then be brought back to Wise for the murder of the Mullins party on the 26th of July 1892.  Dr. Taylor was indicted on June 3, 1892 however when he appeared before the court on August 2nd, the indictment was quashed for some unknown reason and the original indictment against him was now been lost.

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