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Robert E. Duff

Name:  Robert E. Duff

Date of Birth:  1874

Date of Death:  12/09/1922

Location of Death:  Menifee County, KY

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

Prohibition Agent Robert Duff, accompanied by other agents and local officers, was searching for stills in Menifee County, KY.  During the search, they came upon a log house and the distinctive odor of "mash" was evident.  As the agents attempted to open the front door, it suddenly burst open and a volley of shots was fired at the agents.  Agent Duff was killed instantly. A member of the notorious Ballard family was held responsible for the killing.

BACKGROUND

Agent Duff joined the Prohibition Unit on 10/28/1921, with an annual salary of $1,800.

PERSONAL

Agent Duff was born in Bath, KY.  He was survived by his wife.