True Crime Journal
On July 28, 1980, 32-year-old double-murderer Troy Leon Gregg did the unthinkable.
Adopted by three different condemned murderers, Gregg escaped from Georgia State Jail’s loss of life row by disguising himself as a corrections officer.
The murderous 4 had sawn by means of the bars of their fourth-floor cells and a window in an train space and walked alongside the ledge to a hearth escape.
Earlier than making their strategy to the entrance gate, the escapees altered their jail pajamas to appear like uniforms and ultimately have been challenged by precise corrections officers. The officers have been careless sufficient to permit the escapees to proceed on their method after being informed that the 4 have been making “safety checks.”
The jail officers realized of the escape from a reporter for the Albany Herald, who Gregg had known as a few hours after the escape. Gregg informed the reporter that they needed to get out as a result of they may not stand the inhuman circumstances on loss of life row anymore. He added they might reasonably die than keep there one other day.
Paradoxically sufficient, Gregg’s phrases backfired the identical evening. Celebrating his good escape, Troy Leon Gregg informed his fellow escapees that he talked about their escape plans in a letter to his spouse. The three crushed Gregg to loss of life and dumped his physique in a lake 10 miles away from their hideout.
Gregg’s physique was discovered the subsequent day by swimmers at Mountain Island Dam. Police “smoked” the opposite three fugitives out of their hideout utilizing teargas. Reporter Rick Willis mentioned the scene was like a cops-and-robbers thriller.
“He known as them by identify and mentioned come on out with their arms up. It was proper out of a Spencer Tracy film. They have been informed to go stomach down on the bottom and crawl to the cops.”
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