Desperado Dies in
October 25, 1960
Clarence Leon Raby, who became
one of the FBI's 10 most wanted criminals after he shot and killed two
men, was shot to death Monday night as he tried to shoot his way out of
A deputy, Kenneth Milligan, was
wounded as he shot it out with Raby in the jail's corridor.
Officers sais Raby called
officers to his fourth floor cell on the pretense he wanted to make a
statement in connection with another death in his case.
He pulled a gun on them and said:
"I'm getting out of here".
He forced Tennessee Bureau of
Identification agent Walter Bearden and Sgt. Clarence Brown of the
highway patrol to get on an elevator -the only way out of the building-
with jailer Dave Humphreys.
On the first floor, Raby got off
the elevator, fired at other officers through the glass partitioned
jailer's office and ran toward the front of the building.
Raby was felled by two bullets
on the front lawn.
Raby faced trial on Nov. 7 at
Clinton on charges he killed Frank C. Keith, an Andersonville,
Tenn., merchant last July during a robbery.
Sheriff's deputy Ben DeVault was
killed Aug. 1 as he tried to arrest the fugitive on the murder charge.
On Aug. 28, the fugitive,
bearded and dirty from living in the hills, turned himself in to former
Knox County Sheriff E. B. Bowles and was lodged in the Knox County jail
Hunts Killer Of Sheriffs Deputy
Stevens Point Daily Journal
August 2, 1960
CLINTON. Tenn. (AP) A former
convict sought on a murder charge and the killing of a sheriff's deputy
was the object of an intensive search today in east Tennessee.
Police are seeking Clarence
Leon Raby, 26, of near Knoxville, in the robbery-slaying of an Anderson
County merchant and the killing of a Union County deputy sheriff. The
merchant was slain July 7. The deputy was killed Monday.
Another man was shot to
death and his father wounded critically in an exchange of gunfire with
police searching for Raby.
Dan Cooper, 27, was killed
and his father, Kaley Cooper, 52, was wounded by Knox County officers
who were hunting for Raby with bloodhounds.
Knox County Sheriff E.B.
Bowles said four of his deputies felled the Coopers after the latter
opened fire at the officers with a rifle and shotgun. The sheriff said
Kaley Cooper,shot in the arm and chest, had been charged with felonious
assault with intent to murder.
Bowles said the Coopers,
residents of the Heiskell community where Raby lives, had ambushed his
officers. Heiskell is about 15 miles southeast of here.
The elder Cooper, who
underwent surgery at a Knoxville hospital, told police: "We thought you
were Raby." But Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Colquitt, one of the four
officers, said the bloodhounds were baying and added: "I don't see how
it was possible for them (the Coopers) to think the four of us were Raby."
Authorities said Raby gunned
down Ben DeVault, Union County deputy sheriff, after he and a brother,
Lloyd, spotted the fugitive on a rural road 20 miles to the east.
DeVault. 58. shot at Raby in
a truck which the latter commandeered from Fred Rutherford, a farmer.
Raby, armed with a pistol, felled the officer with a bullet in the head.
The killer released
Rutherford unharmed and later abandoned the truck on the outskirts of
Knoxville, 25 miles to the southeast.
Police there said a man
answering Raby's description held up a couple outside a tavern, pistol
whipped the woman and fled in their car.
The car was found abandoned
a few miles from Knoxville. Raby and another Knox County man, Billy
McCoy, 22, have been charged with murder in the holdup-slaying of Frank
C. Keith, 61, at his Andersonville, Tenn., store last month. Officers
said two gunmen took about $1,000 from Keith before felling him with a
Raby has served a brief term
in the state prison for theft. Police said he escaped from the Knox
County workhouse near Knoxville the day before Keith was slain.
serving a sentence on a drunken driving conviction. McCoy. who had been
sentenced on a forgery charge, escaped with Raby.
M RACE: ?
Career criminal; shot holdup victim and policeman.
Killed in escape attempt, Oct. 24, 1960.