|Mystery Solved: Lilly E. Gray, Victim of the Beast 666
by Richelle Hawks
(Copyright © 2009 by Richelle Hawks. All rights reserved.)
Although an investigation into the apparently colorful life of Elmer L. Gray is unquestionably warranted, I believe the mystery behind his wife's strange epitaph is finally solved.
Sources and notes:
Utah State Archives, Board of Pardon's Prisoner's pardon application case files, Elmer L. Gray, images.archives.utah.gov
1 Salt Lake City Legend, Richelle Hawks, Associated Content, www.associatedcontent.com/article/
*I found a newspaper clipping for an Elmer Gray, who was arrested in Ogden, Utah, for stealing an umbrella. He was sentenced to "five days on the rock pile." Although there is no way to determine if it is the same Elmer Gray, the time frame and location fit. It can be viewed here: udn.lib.utah.edu/u?/ogden7,9546
I also found a classified ad placed in a Kanab, Utah newspaper, by an Elmer L. Gray. There is the same sense of humor and writing style present. He writes, "Work wanted: by fugitive from old age pension…anything to keep off the pension." There's no date, but a movie ad for Miss Grant Takes Richmond dates it at 1949-a year before he was to marry Lilly.
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