Interview with Arthur Eve

Describe for me that last, that day, that Monday.


On Monday the day of the massacre, they had us all in a room, a steward's room there in the prison. We could not leave. We could not have access. We even tried to talk to Oswald and they said that he was not available to talk to us. And then when we heard the popping and so forth we were told that they had used a tear gas that had never been used in this country before and that it would literally immobilize the inmates and they'd be able to go in there and, ah, you know bring out the hostages and take over the facility. Ah, we never knew that they had shot five, four thousand rounds of bullets in that yard. And while sitting there, someone saw them bringing out the inmates who had been injured and some who had been dead, and, ah, we saw them bring out a, African American inmate and, ah, whom they thought was dead and, ah, when the gentleman moved his arm and they realized he was alive, two people who were carrying him lifted his body as high as they could and then dashed it to the ground, hopefully that this would further hemorrhage him and guarantee his death and it was just very frightening to see that this was the kind of feeling, ah, from the parts of the people who went into that institution. They had also said to us that, ah, the correctional officers would not be allowed to go in because on of their men had been killed and we knew, ah, you know, who died. And, ah, we knew that they would be hostile. That, that did not happen. Correctional officers were allowed in that institution with guns, ah, so we were lied to consistently by the state. And, ah, it was, you know, that massacre was probably the worst thing that's ever happened within this country, ah, in this century.