Sunday, August 03, 2008

TDCJ's 'meanest day'

TDC Director W. J. Estelle Jr. called Aug. 3, 1974 the “meanest day in the history of our agency.” That's an awfully mean day. The Huntsville Item published a column this morning by Lyndol Richardson commemorating the lingering trauma to the town caused by a deadly, 11-day hostage episode 34 years ago stemming from an escape attempt gone bad:
the siege ended with the deaths of two Windham School District employees, two of the hostage-takers and two hostages. A Catholic priest, who volunteered himself in exchange for some or all of the hostages, lay injured along with the last living convict abductor.

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