North Texas Crime and Criminal Justice Series
Features: 40 illus. Notes. Bib. Index.
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’ 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. more... about Eleven Days in Hell: The 1974 Carrasco Prison Siege at Huntsville, Texas
Violet Crown Book Award for best nonfiction, from the Writers' League of Texas, 2005