Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

OK, Brother Herb, the inmates and you, and the other inmates have found out about the death of, of William Quinn. What was the reaction to Quinn's death from you and the reaction of the other inmates?

HERB BLYDEN:

Upon finding out that William Quinn had died, the correction officer, there were approximately 600 inmates who, ah, were affected immensely because they were doing life sentences, at that time the death of a correction officer by an inmate in any of the state prisons, could place that inmate in the electric chair. So that solidified the position of those inmates, who for whatever reason, may not have wanted to be a part of the uprising. And that now made a hardcore element in the yard for whatever demands were put forth for amnesty from prosecution for the death of Mr. Quinn. So, what you had now is 600, quote-unquote, hardened criminals dealing the situation in D-yard, instead of, ah, 1,281 just inmates out in the yard. That position solidified, ah, for those men once deaths, the death of Quinn was known, made known.