October 19, 1930
Frank “Jelly” Nash, who was the deputy warden’s chef and general handyman, was sent on an errand outside the prison where he was being held and never returned. Nash had been enticed across the U.S.-Mexico border and arrested for robbing the Katy Limited in early 1924. On March 1, 1924, Nash and three members of the Spencer gang received twenty-five-year sentences at the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for mail robbery and assault on a mail custodian. After his escape, Nash was apprehended by the FBI in Hot Springs (Garland County) the day before his death during the Kansas City Massacre shootout. He is buried in Paragould (Greene County), where he had spent part of his childhood.