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1933: Fallen tree helps five prisoners escape

Sept. 22, 1933: A sharp lookout was being kept for five prisoners who escaped near Burgaw when a large tree they were cutting down fell, screening them from a guard. A posse headed by J.H. Loftin, superintendent of the Burgaw prison camp, hunted through the night for the men with no results. The men were in the charge of guard Pender Edens and…

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