Fear, Force, and Leather: The Texas Prison System&rsquot;s First Hundred Years 1848-1948

Minutes of the Texas Prison Board, July 24, 1934

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Minutes of the Texas State Prison Board, July 24, 1934

Q.  You stated that on Sunday evening Mr. Waid was the first man to the death
cells?

A.  No, I stated that when we came back from around on the West side of the
Walls I had said, let’s go in and see what happened. We started down in
the yard, I was ahead when they let us in the inside gate and when I was
opposite the post office I heard Mr. Waid say “Mr. Simmons”, I turned and
came back to the gate and did not see him and looked down East and saw
him, and when I looked I saw the door of the death cells open.

Q.  Mr. Holderby: Has it been a practice to permit those who were in the
shooting to go to the ball game?

A.  Yes, but all the men are searched. Charlie Frazier was not permitted to go
for a long time.

Q.  Were any of these men that were in the break at the ball game Sunday?

A.  No sir, no one except Frazier, Walker and Johnson were on the yard, the
other three were in the death cell.

Q.  Did any of the boys in the death cell have any visitors in the last few
days?

A.  You will have to ask Mr. Waid about that, but Raymond Hamilton’s mother
was here last week but Mr. Waid and Mr. McDaniels were present and she
did not get closer than 4 feet to him.

Q.  Have any of these six men had any visitors recently?

A.  I don’t know, Mr. Waid can tell you.

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Minutes of the Texas Prison Board, July 24, 1934. Board of Criminal Justice minutes and meeting files, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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