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From one o’clock on the afternoon of July 24, 1974, until shortly before ten o’clock the night of August 3, eleven days later, one of the longest hostage-taking sieges in the history of the United States took place in Texas’s Huntsville State Prison. The ringleader, Federico (Fred) Gomez Carrasco, the former boss of the largest drug-running operation in south Texas, was serving life for assault with intent to commit murder on a police officer. Using his connections to smuggle guns and ammunition into the prison, and employing the aid of two other inmates, he took eleven prison workers and four inmates hostage in the prison library. Demanding bulletproof helmets and vests, he planned to use the hostages as shields for his escape. Negotiations began immediately with prison warden H. H. Husbands and W. J. Estelle, Jr., Director of the Texas Department of Corrections. The Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety, and the FBI arrived to assist as the media descended on Huntsville. When one of the hostages suggested a moving structure of chalkboards padded with law books to absorb bullets, Carrasco agreed to the plan. The captors entered their escape pod with four hostages and secured eight others to the moving barricade. While the target was en route to an armored car, Estelle had his team blast it with fire hoses. In a violent end to the standoff, Carrasco committed suicide, one of his two accomplices was killed (the other later executed), and two hostages were killed by their captors.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. One—“Stop right there or I’ll kill you!”
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Two—“Let’s get the hell out of here.”
  2. pp. 14-24
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  1. Three—“There’s a man up here with a gun.”
  2. pp. 25-33
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  1. Four—“Fred, what the hell are you doing?”
  2. pp. 34-42
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  1. Five—“I’m scared and sick, just sick.”
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. Six—“Put down your arms and surrender safely.”
  2. pp. 51-59
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  1. Seven—“He will kill those people.”
  2. pp. 60-71
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  1. Eight—“My God! They’ve shot Mr. Robinson.”
  2. pp. 72-84
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  1. Nine—“We die a million deaths.”
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. Ten—“You play the cards you’re dealt.”
  2. pp. 101-114
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  1. Eleven—“We have more time.”
  2. pp. 115-121
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  1. Twelve—“If you want to come, just come ahead.”
  2. pp. 137-130
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  1. Thirteen—“We will assassinate everyone!”
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. Fourteen—“We will kill as many people as possible.”
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. Fifteen—“You don’t treat women that way.”
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Sixteen—“I have the four aces and the joker.”
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. Seventeen—“I’m going out of here, whether it’s alive or dead.”
  2. pp. 188-206
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  1. Eighteen—“Get ready because we’re going to start killing!”
  2. pp. 207-220
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  1. Nineteen—“I could have grabbed his gun.”
  2. pp. 221-231
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  1. Twenty—“Meet my demands or prepare for war.”
  2. pp. 232-243
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  1. Twenty-one—“I’m the executioner.”
  2. pp. 244-253
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  1. Twenty-two—“I demand that an armored truck be waiting.”
  2. pp. 254-263
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  1. Twenty-three—“If he’d only send out Linda Woodman.”
  2. pp. 264-275
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  1. Twenty-four—“I’ll see y’all soon.”
  2. pp. 276-286
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  1. Twenty-five—“It’s Over.”
  2. pp. 287-296
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 297-302
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  1. Citations and Notes
  2. pp. 303-330
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 331-333
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-346
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414097
Print ISBN
9781574411805
MARC Record
OCLC
60334607
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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