LAST RAMPAGE. The Escape of Gary Tison

Author: Clarke (James W.)
Year: 1988
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: NrF/Vg+
ISBN: 0395467217
Price: 10.00
Hardback. In 1978 Gary Tison and his Arizona gang succeeded in a spectacular jail-break, which, during the grim manhunt that ensued, occasioned 7 bloody deaths. Gary Tison, father of 3 of the gang's 5 members, is remembered as one of the most chilling criminals ever to be unleashed on an unwitting public. In a political climate so corrupt that criminals' hit lists carried such names as investigative reporter Don Bolles (murdered in 1976) and crusading attorney general Bruce Babbitt, the laxity in Arizona prisons was notorious. Tison, serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, took advantage of the ineptness of the prison system to wangle himself "model prisoner" privileges. Though the perpetrator of 3 previous escape attempts, he carried a pistol in his boot, he gave interviews to the newspapers, and he was alleged to conduct a thriving drug traffic behind bars. Fully armed and extremely dangerous, Tison walked out of the prison at Florence, Arizona on July 30, 1978, accompanied by serial killer Randy Greenawalt and Gary's 3 sons, who with their mother's support had broken him free. The 5 fugitives gunned across Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico until they were at last stopped in a scene of appalling violence just short of the Mexican border and only a few miles from Tison's Arizona home. Illus. + Map eps, Notes and Index. 320pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. F. in sl. sunned Vg+ pcdw.


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