COVER

The Good (Nd Days

Anthony Wilson-Smith February 5 2001
COVER

The Good (Nd Days

Anthony Wilson-Smith February 5 2001

End of the road for the deadly seven

The Texas Seven—a gang of murderers, rapists and violent robbers—vowed never to give up. Led by George Rivas, 30, they fled Connally Unit, a high-security prison in Kenedy, Tex., near San Antonio on Dec. 13, stealing handguns and rifles as they left. And on Christmas Eve, they allegedly killed a Dallas-area police officer during the robbery of a sporting-goods store from which they stole more weapons and cash.

Purchasing a mobile home, they made their way to Coachlight Motel and RV Park in Woodland Park, Colo., a bedroom community in the mountains near Colorado Springs. But police received a tip from an informant who had seen the seven on the TV show Americas Most Wanted. Four of the men gave up when surrounded, but a fifth killed himself. Two days later, the final two surrendered at a nearby motel, but only after making a public statement in which they criticized the Texas penal system. If convicted of the police officer’s murder, all could face the death penalty.