"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 run over 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 the 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.
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Spell binding true story of prison escape
In the true crime category it ranks among my top five.
It was well researched, perfectly paced, clearly written and didn't contain a lot of filler. I was completely enthralled during the whole audio book. Kudos to Gary King for a great true crime book!
I liked hearing how the seven were located and recaptured.
When the police officer was killed, I felt bad for him and his family.
As much as the book itself, the narration by J. Scott Bennett made this book a home run. He's a terrific narrator, I could tell he understands what he's reading and his voice is very easy to listen to. I couldn't believe how fast the time went when listening. I hope to listen to more books narrated by him.
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