Interview with Russell Oswald

Can you think back to Monday morning? What were you thinking? What were you feeling? What led you to decide that the time to come to retake the prison by force? What was happening?


I decided to take the prison by force for a number of reasons. One, that I obviously had erred in letting a number of these observers, ah, take part in these discussions. I knew that, that, ah, there were, there were increasing dangers for the hostages. Er, a doctor who had been in there several times told us so. I knew that, that they were getting wilder and, and, ah, building more arms all the time, Sam Melville and the others, knives, and, ah, and tanks, ah, ah, things to throw projectiles into the air. And I knew that to let them go in anymore would just alienate all of, ah, us further.