Mark Twain wrote: The duel is one of the most dangerous institutions; since it is always fought in the open at daybreak, the combatants are sure to catch cold.
Category: Nonfiction: True Crime
Average Rating: 4.0
"You haven't heard the last of us yet..."
These were chilling words on a note left behind by seven armed and dangerous inmates who escaped from the John Connally prison in South Texas on December 13, 2000. Their promise has apparently been fulfilled. The inmates, now known as the Connally Seven, are suspected of having first robbed a Radio Shack in Houston, and then, days later, on Christmas Eve, of having fatally shot and runover a young police officer during an assault on a Dallas sporting-goods store. For six frantic weeks, a massive manhunt with a significant reward had only turned up dead ends...until a tip came in from someone who had seen the gang on Fox-TVs "America's Most Wanted." Authorities arrested four of the seven prisoners, including suspected ringleader George Rivas, in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth inmate shot himself during police negotiations.
Immediately intensifying the search for the last two heavily armed and dangerous prisoners, police and FBI closed in on them at a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs just two days following the previous arrest. After five hours and a telephone interview with a TV news station in which they expressed their feeling that the breakout was a statement against Texas's judicial system, the two inmates surrendered themselves, putting an end to a long and frightening episode.
The Texas 7 goes behind the scenes to give you a detailed, fascinating account of the events leading up to and after their brazen prison escape--and the exciting chase that ultimately led to their capture.
This is a thoroughly described case as far as it goes, but it seems that it might have been rushed to publication. Given that more than 15 years has passed since these events occurred, more should have been included about the resulting outcomes of the trials. J. Scott Bennett's performance is very well done.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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