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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

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

Douglas A. Boyd

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

University Press of Kentucky

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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