J.C. Fast Jr. prison escape attempt, 29 Sept. 1943

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recently T. the o£ of be to of or and administration in Escapee, Grins Sheepishly As Agents Arrive To Return Him To Prison one, ' 1;E » ure P«5Sc-u a That and' a sheepish grin from u f *? etd 2 m ! d with illn ess caused by. "stuff I've been taking" was the greeting Tuesday afternoon of 36-yeor-old J. C. Fast, jr., 36, escaped escaped lifer-trusty, when a prison transfer agent from McAlester, Okla., arrived in Lubbock, The transfer agent, Alex Watson, Watson, looked long and quizzically at Fast, who had worked in Watson's office five years of the six he had put in on his 99-year sentence for murder of a Muskogee banker in 1937. Drop* HJs Gate Fast's gaze was level only a moment, then he bowed his head and looked at the floor. ' "I know this fellow— like I know- cornbread," Watson said, taking handcuffs from his pocket. Fast, who had been recaptured in a downtown hotel here Monday by James P. Posey, deputy sheriff, sheriff, and Raymond Waters of the rangers, extended his arms for the cuffs. "That feel all right?" Watson asked. "Quite comfortable," Fast replied. replied. "I won't put as much hardware on you as I usually do the boys," Watson said, smiling for the first time. "Seeing you 'is just -like seeing my Dad," Fast said. The agent, who was accompanies accompanies to Lubbock by F. W. McCarty, McCarty, his deputy, explained to the sheriff's department and newspapermen newspapermen that Fast was "an excellent excellent office executive, and can do anything we ask him to do." Fast attempted a sort of explanation explanation for his walking away Sunday Sunday from the prison. "I was in a trance. All at once I found myself here," he said Watson didn't seem to find anything anything humorous in that, but didn't answer. Jailers found $30 more in the prisoner's biHford, and a draft card issued in 1940 to another person with identical initials. He had $101.16 on first check, and 150 sedative tablets. <u°/£ cii i ls , couM easnv surmise that ';outside hel.o" had been given- given- Fast—or hed been "taken" by him. The money and his new clothing clothing and the. draft card, for instance. instance. , It was learned that an investigation investigation would be conducted into the escape, by Oklahoma officials. R. J. Murray Visits Old Friends Here R. J. "Bob" Murray stayed away from Lubboek and Slaton "as long as. he could stand it." So he currently currently is back for a brief visit with old friends in both places. Formerly prominent in business and civic circles in this area, Murray Murray has lived elsewhere—principally elsewhere—principally in New Orleans and Dallas —for the past 10 years. He is an official of Farm Security administration administration but expects to move back to Lubbock before long. Murray was mayor of Slaton for eight years while engaged in the banking and real estate bus- mess there. Later he moved to Lubbock and became president of the chamber of commerce while engaged in the land and oil businesses. businesses. He is former president of both Lubbock and Slaton Rotary clubs. Two of his four sons are in the armed services. They are 1st Lt R. J. Murray, jr., a graduate of Texas A. & M. and now an artillery artillery officer in the Solomons and Sgt. Mike Murray, in the Coast Artillery at Boston. Sergeant Murray Murray married recently. Mrs. Murray and their younger sbns, 10 and 11, are making their home with Mr. Murray in Dallas. Sgt. In Oiton Sept. P, has No although a notice. Sgt. Army as 5. training Kansas last widow, Ruby and all H. F. Give Sixty went to help student, from At that Rita of blood Now in

Clipped from Lubbock Morning Avalanche29 Sep 1943, WedPage 3

Lubbock Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas)29 Sep 1943, WedPage 3
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