Information about the Images

Inmate case files courtesy of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Access to inmate case files is restricted for 75 years.

In order of appearance:

Introduction:

1890 penitentiary photograph: State Architect Examining Board Records, Report of Correctional and Charitable Institutions.


A Rogues Gallery: The Backgrounds of the Escapees:

Mug shot of Bert Jones: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file #8665.

Mug shot of Tom Murray: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file #8871.

Mug shot of Ellsworth Kelley: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file #8663.

Mug shot of James Willos: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file #8956.


Work, Defiance, and Desperation: Life in the Pen

Excerpt of a letter from Ellsworth Kelley's mother, December 7, 1926, page 2: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Ellsworth Kelley #8663.

"Daily Report of Prisoners and Where Employed:" Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Tom Murray #8871.

Record of Discipline, Gambling: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Ellsworth Kelley #8663.

Record of Discipline, Refusing to Work: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for James Willos #8956.

Record of Discipline, Agitating: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Ellsworth Kelley #8663.

Record of Discipline, Attempted Escape: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for James Willos #8956.

Record of Discipline, Put in Dungeon at Own Request: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for James Willos #8956.

Letter from Ellsworth Kelley's mother, December 7, 1926, pages 1-3: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Ellsworth Kelley #8663.


The Escape...and Capture:

Proclamation by Governor Walter Pierce: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Tom Murray #8871.

Earlier mug shot of Ellsworth Kelley: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Ellsworth Kelley #7331.

"The Three Musketeers as Might Have Been" cartoon: Oregon Journal newspaper (Portland) August 20, 1925.


Justice is Served:

Invitation to the execution: Department of Corrections Records, Ephemera.

U. S. Supreme Court dismissal for want of jurisdiction, 2 pages: Oregon Supreme Court Case Files, State of Oregon vs. Ellsworth Kelley and James Willos # 5448.

Petition for Rehearing: Oregon Supreme Court Case Files, State of Oregon vs. Ellsworth Kelley and James Willos # 5448.

Letter from C. L. Newman to Oregon Secretary of State Sam Kozer, August 24, 1925: Department of Corrections Records, inmate case file for Tom Murray #8871.

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