Eleven Days in Hell: The 1974 Carrasco Prison Siege at by William T. Harper

By William T. Harper

From one o’clock at the afternoon of July 24, 1974, till almost immediately sooner than ten o’clock the evening of August three, 11 days later, one of many longest hostage-taking sieges within the heritage of the us happened in Texas’s Huntsville country criminal. The ringleader, Federico (Fred) Gomez Carrasco, the previous boss of the most important drug-running operation in south Texas, used to be serving existence for attack with purpose to dedicate homicide on a police officer. utilizing his connections to smuggle weapons and ammunition into the legal, and utilizing the help of different inmates, he took 11 felony staff and 4 inmates hostage within the legal library. difficult bulletproof helmets and vests, he deliberate to take advantage of the hostages as shields for his get away. Negotiations started instantly with legal warden H. H. Husbands and W. J. Estelle, Jr., Director of the Texas division of Corrections. The Texas Rangers, the dept of Public safeguard, and the FBI arrived to help because the media descended on Huntsville. whilst one of many hostages advised a relocating constitution of chalkboards padded with legislation books to soak up bullets, Carrasco agreed to the plan. The captors entered their break out pod with 4 hostages and secured 8 others to the relocating barricade. whereas the objective used to be en path to an armored motor vehicle, Estelle had his crew blast it with fireplace hoses. In a violent finish to the standoff, Carrasco dedicated suicide, one among his accomplices used to be killed (the different later executed), and hostages have been killed via their captors.

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