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All's quiet on the 87th Precinct on Christmas Eve . . . till Steve Carella's fellow detectives look with a child who's stolen a sheep, a robber with a bagful of gold, men battling over a sack of frankincense, and a tender couple who supply delivery to a child boy at nighttime!
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Cretzer had nothing to lose. Moreover, the deranged Shockley and the cunning Thompson kept goading Cretzer to kill all the guards. Thompson realized that if all nine were dead, there would be nobody alive who could name him as one of the escapers. Only Carnes, obedient to Coy and Hubbard, was opposed. Suddenly, Cretzer exploded in a murderous fury. He fired shot after shot into the two cells holding the guards. All went down. Then he ordered Carnes to go inside to make sure all were dead. Carnes went in at gunpoint and saw most of the guards were alive, but he reported that all were dead.
To bring back to his ranch. When a sack of grain fell from the moving wagon, he tried to grab it and toppled to the ground. A wagon wheel rolled over his neck, breaking it and killing him. It was a bizarre ending to a violent life for a man credited, by various counts, with the deaths of 15 to 21 men. ” That was “a question that many never settled to their own satisfaction. ” See also: CHUNK COLBERT. with the homesteaders in their battles, clearly out of a sense of fair play, an attitude that enraged other ranchers and stock associations.
According to Clark Howard’s Six Against the Rock (1977), the most definitive study of the escape, it was Cretzer—not the guards—who killed Coy, jumping out of the shadows and shooting him in the neck, shoulders and face. Cretzer tried to kill Hubbard as well but raced off as guards closed in. Hubbard dragged Coy off into a dark tunnel and remained with him until he died. In the meantime Cretzer was cornered by guards, who finally killed him with grenades and gunfire, 41 hours after the great escape attempt had started.