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Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD

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Denise Giardina: Don Chafin was the sheriff of Logan County but he was much more than that. He had his own private army. He received money directly from the coal company to defend it. He also was a protector of businesses in the same way that any organized crime outfit is. In other words, he would go to a business and say, if you don’t let me protect you I’ll break your kneecaps, that kind of thing.

He ran his county with an iron fist. If you disagreed or got in the way, you were beaten or you were shot or you were thrown out.

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