January 1, 2015

Pulaski County Woman Escapes Kentucky Penitentiary, 1909


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[July 17, 1909] -


Escapes From Prisoner at Frankfort.

Frankfort, Ky., July 4.-- Dicie Gilpin, an 18 year-old girl, who hails from Pulaski county, has the distinction of being the only woman prisoner who has ever scaled the walls of the Frankfort penitentiary. But womanlike she sprained her ankle after accomplishing the feat and could not get away. The girl had been sent up from Pulaski county to serve a year for grand larceny. She managed to hide out in the yard when the other prisoners were locked up for the night, then got to the top of the twenty-five foot wall by the aid of a ladder and dropped to the ground. She struck across the country, but her injured ankle gave her so much pain that after travelling a few miles she was forced to give up. [1]


[1] "Woman Prisoner." Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. July 17, 1909. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069395/1909-07-17/ed-1/seq-5/


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