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 demise row by disguising himself as a corrections officer.
The murderous 4 had sawn by 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 solution to the entrance gate, the escapees altered their jail pajamas to seem like uniforms and finally have been challenged by precise corrections officers. The officers have been careless sufficient to permit the escapees to proceed on their means after being advised that the 4 have been making “safety checks.”
The jail officers discovered of the escape from a reporter for the Albany Herald, who Gregg had known as a few hours after the escape. Gregg advised the reporter that they needed to get out as a result of they may not stand the inhuman circumstances on demise row anymore. He added they’d reasonably die than keep there one other day.
Mockingly sufficient, Gregg’s phrases backfired the identical night time. Celebrating his good escape, Troy Leon Gregg advised his fellow escapees that he talked about their escape plans in a letter to his spouse. The three overwhelmed Gregg to demise and dumped his physique in a lake 10 miles away from their hideout.
Gregg’s physique was discovered the following 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 fingers up. It was proper out of a Spencer Tracy film. They have been advised to go stomach down on the bottom and crawl to the law enforcement officials.”
This story initially appeared on this 12 months’s largest true-crime hit 365 Days of Crime.
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