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Tison was serving two consecutive life sentences for murder when, accompanied by another killer named Randy Greenawalt and aided by members of Tison's family, he broke out of Arizona State Prison in 1978. The two escapees and Tison's sons Donny, Ray and Ricky left a trail of corpses in their wake as they eluded law-enforcement pursuit across Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The chilling trek came to an end in a shoot-out near the Mexican border: Donny was killed; Tison fled but later died of exposure; sons Ray and Ricky, and Greenawalt are now on death row. Clarke, a political-science professor at the University of Arizona, explores the legacy of lawlessness Gary Tison inherited from his grandfather and father; his marriage (his wife adored him); and the misplaced confidence his sons placed in him. He also examines the ways Tison took advantage of the prison system. Warden Harold Cardwell considered him a model of the rehabilitated hardened criminal, choosing to overlook his history of escape attempts and even detailed reports of the final escape plan. This is a riveting account of a bloody crime spree and a first-class study of a cunning sociopath in action. Photos.
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"Illuminating and absorbing. . . . The book is more than a simple cops-and-bandits tale: It is a psychological study in the machinations of a master manipulator. . . . Last Rampage is one of those rare books that is both highly entertaining and thought-provoking." —Arizona Republic"The killings alone are chilling enough to place this fascinating book alongside Joseph Wambaugh's The Onion Field or Joe MicGinniss' Fatal Vision. . . . Though the details of corruption in Arizona's prison system are absorbing, the story of Tison's psychological control over his three sons provides the most riveting reading." —Chicago Tribune"Gripping and violent . . . a strong sense of place and culture; an intelligent look at the . . . factors that allowed a manipulative killer to exercise his influence." —Kirkus Reviews"A riveting account of a bloody crime spree and a first-class study of a cunning sociopath in action." —Publishers Weekly"[A] vivid, frightening, and fascinating portrait." —New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816519676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816519675
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback
As of this writing, it is just over 25 years to the day that convicted murderer Gary Tison escaped from an Arizona State prison with the help of his three teenaged sons and a fellow convict and repeat murderer named Randy Greenawalt. The brazen escape was well-planned and bloodless, but unfortunately the careful planning ended there. Increasingly desperate and disorganized, the five armed and dangerous men soon turned to robbery and murder as they searched for a way to sneak across the Mexican border. Six innocent people died before Tison and his gang were apprehended less than two weeks later. James W. Clarke's story is surprisingly gripping as he recounts a tale that centers around the frightening incompetence in the Arizona State Prison system which allowed Tison and Greenawalt to escape, and the terrible consequences that followed.
Clarke should be praised for his research and his attention to detail. He has woven together so many sources that the book actually reads as if he was allowed to shadow the escapees as they roamed around several western states during their time on the run. I was doubtful about this book at first because I didn't see how a prison escape could warrant some 300 pages in a paperback book, but when I stayed up until well after midnight trying to finish it, I realized that Clarke had written an exceptional true-crime story. The author brings alive the desert southwest and the people who live there with his capable writing, making the tale all the more grim as innocent victims are killed by these brutal men. Some readers might find the sections on Arizona politics and corruption in the prison system to be boring or unrelated, but I came to believe that the book was made stronger by the inclusion of this material.
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I think Clarke is pretty close to the money. Randy Greenwalt took me fishing when I was a kid and did yard work for our family, his Dad was a bricklayer in my Dad's construction company. I still have a beautiful display cabinet that he built in his senior year woods class at Palmyra MO high school. Didn't know much about abnormal psych then, but in retrospect there was a lot about Randy (and his younger brother James 'Doc' Greenwalt) that I now realize was a short fuse waiting to go off. Dad often said that their father was too rough on them and it was just a matter of time before their pent-up anger blew in one direction or another. Randy was not a leader, but he was a dedicated follower, which meshed well with Tison's warped sense of purpose. Randy probably would have been a good Marine--his sister Darlene did have a successful Army career.

Most interesting study.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book in August/September 1991 while traveling through the area where it all happened. The trip was kind of a premarital honeymoon vacation and our first trip to the US (I live in The Netherlands). I bought the book so I could read while off duty from driving the van and I guess it turned out to be a 'lucky' choice. From the first page on I was sucked into the story. I just could not put it away. As the story developed we came nearer to the place where it actually happened. I will never forget the day we passed Flagstaff. The book gave me the creeps. Still does.

This book screams to be put into a movie. Gary Tison makes Hannibal Lecter look like a school kid.

One of the most chilling books I've ever read!
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The highly disorganized and thoughtless crime spree that Clarke describes is one of the most chilling, unpredictable true crime accounts I have encountered. There are not many true crime stories published that document murders that take place in Arizona and I feel that the atmosphere and chaos surrounding this story is well portrayed. Although I am an avid true crime reader, I try to skip over gruesome parts because they seem to lack empathy for the victims by being methodically descriptive. Clarke's description of the crimes instigated by two desperate sociopaths who had absolutely no regard for human life put me in the shoes of the victims. I will never forget the way I felt after reading the chapter about young family that were the first victims of Gary Tison and Randy Greenawalt. It is no longer hard for me to imagine how vulnerable we can be when we feel that we are within the safe confines of our family.
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Format: Hardcover
Professor James W. Clarke has carefully and vividly recreated the escape from prison of convicted murderer Gary Tison, and the subsequent killing spree he and Randy Grunwalt embarked upon, along with Tison's three sons. Clarke describes Tison's early days, when he was committing crimes at a young age, and the romance he started with a young woman visiting prisoners as part a church mission. Tison continued to commit more serious crimes, but still managed to have three children, whose memories of him consisted mainly of their father behind bars. Tison's wife helped him escape by giving him a handgun, and the Last Rampage was on. The most memorable part of the book is the senseless and brutal murder of a young family by Tison and Grunwalt on the side of a deserted Arizona road. Clarke himself was camped next to the Tison clan in Northern Arizona one night, and sensing something was wrong, he quickly gathered his belongings and left with his wife, perhaps saving them both. The only drawback is Clarke's complete reliance on Stanley Milgrams Obedience to Authority thesis to explain the reason that the Tison boys willingly followed their father into murder and mayhem, without considering any other explanation.
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