It's no wonder that, after reading "Touched by Fire," country music legend, George Jones, wrote Frank Griffin to say: "I thoroughly enjoyed the book." Former President George H.W. Bush called it "a most interesting read." The book tells an amazing American story. In 1954 Johnnie Frank Griffin witnessed the violent death of Alabama's Attorney General-elect Albert Patterson. Six months later he told a grand jury about it. The next day he was stabbed. He died that night in a hospital built on profits from crime. Nine years later Johnnie Frank's son, Frank Griffin, saw Lee Harvey Oswald fleeing down a Dallas street. Between these two events Frank grew up in one of the strangest decades in American history. His story touches that of Alabama Governor John Patterson. It collides with mob bosses and CIA operations. There's even room for country music and barroom brawls. This book shows how Frank Griffin's life is truly "Touched By Fire."
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I grew up in Phenix City, Alabama. My father was a part of the clean-up of Phenix City and was a life long friend of Governor Patterson. Frank's book is about as accurate an account that I have read. The details are very interesting and accurate. I met Frank by chance at Governor Patterson's book signing. At the time I purchased his book I did not know his exact connection because there were many players in this era and I grew up as a child knowing many of these men. What was interesting to me about meeting Frank is that his father Johnnie Frank worked at the Elite Cafe prior to the shooting which happened to be next to the alley where the crime was committed. My father bought and ran the Elite Cafe a few years later in the early 60's when I was in the first grade. It was at the Elite that I met and got to know several members of the RBA. The RBA was the Russell Betterment Association...a group formed by the honest and upright citizens of Phenix City, Alabama.Many of these men were humble (and smart )members of the RBA and never bragged or talked much of what they did. My thanks to Frank Griffin for staying within the confines of the story and not choosing to sensationalize the story with hollywood stuff. Thanks Frank. Cary E. Griggs Son of C.C. Griggs Jr.