1978 And Later Articles From The Durant (Okla.) Daily Democrat And Other Newspapers Relating To The Search For Oklahoma State Prison Escapees Claude Eugene Dennis And Michael Lancaster

Last Updated 10/09/11

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The Durant Daily Democrat
April 24    Convicted murderer of Countian escapes from prison
May 11    Store operator murdered, woman believed kidnapped
May 12    Escapees are sought in death of Texas man
May 14    Trail cold in search for Dennis, Lancaster
May 15 Escapees continue to evade officers
May 18 Officers comb County in search for killers
May 19 Manhunt ended after mistaken ID revealed
May 22 Alabama officers seek 2 Oklahoma fugitives
May 23 Elderly woman killed in Alabama by fugitives
May 24 Alabama officers find Dennis, Lancaster crafty fugitives
May 25 Hunt for fugitives shifts back to Texoma area
May 26 3 Troopers, convicts die in gunbattle
May 28 Past meeting saved life of Washington, Busby
May 28 Teen credited for saving children
May 28 Keeping in Step by Bob Peterson
May 28 Memorial service set for Troopers
May 28 It cost them their lives
May 30 Memorial funds for slain Troopers' families growing
May 30 Keeping in Step by Bob Peterson
May 31 Trooper-Pilot sees fugitives' final minutes
June 8 Missing rancher is feared victim of Dennis, Lancaster 
June 18 OHP making documentary on Caddo shoot-out
July 19 Dennis, Lancaster campsite is found
May 27, 1980  Troopers remembered in service With Photos
Letters to the Editor Letters from readers and concerned citizens

The Bryan County Star

June 1 Tragedy in Caddo (editorial) With Photo 

The Daily Oklahoman

May 29 Witness to shootout watched from porch
July 27 Fatal OHP shootout - how could it happen? 

The Denison (Texas) Herald

May 28   "My God! Hurry, Hurry! They're Getting Killed"

The Meridian (Mississippi) Star

May 23   Cuba murder suspects -- search for fugitives intensifies
May 29   An Odyssey of Frustration ...

The Oklahoma City Times

May 29 Texans find final victim of escapees
July 27 Troopers supported by report 

The Tulsa World

May 27 33-Day reign of terror ends in Caddo gunfight
May 27 Death intrudes on town's summer day
May 27 Slain Troopers take last trip home

A special thanks to former Durant Daily Democrat owner and editor Bob Peterson of Durant, Oklahoma. Peterson copied the Democrat articles, many of which he originally wrote, from microfilm obtained from the Oklahoma Historical Society's archives in Oklahoma City. The Meridian Star articles are courtesy of Mississippi Highway Patrol (Troop J) Captain Donald Rawson (ret.) of Hattiesburg. Captain Rawson participated in the Alabama and Mississippi manhunts. The Bryan County Star, Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Times, Denison Herald and Tulsa World articles are courtesy of 2lt Tom Garner (OHP) Communications, and the Indian Territory Museum and Library at Caddo, OK. Museum staff members Deanna Lilley, Jerri Hadley, and Marry Etta Peters were of great help in allowing use of their facility.

                                                                                                Bruce Schulze (OHP ret.)

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