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Crawfish BottomRecovering a Lost Kentucky Community$
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Douglas A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134086

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.001.0001

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The King of Craw

The King of Craw

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(p.145) Chapter Five The King of Craw
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Crawfish Bottom
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Douglas A. Boyd

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.003.0006

This chapter examines the story of the “King of Craw” John Fallis. Fallis was larger than life. He was a grocer, a bootlegger, a neighborhood boss, and a “Robin Hood” figure who gave back to the poor, he influenced the voting block that was the neighborhood, faked his own death, shot three policemen in one evening, and was a fugitive from the law. Although he was killed in 1929, his legend continues today and he endures as a symbolic presence for a neighborhood no longer in existence. This chapter takes a close look at the role of legend and folklore in oral history and resultant public memory of this community.

Keywords:   crime, bootlegging, folklore, legend, John Fallis, public memory

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