Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 17
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Can you tell me now about some of the things that happened while you were in the yard? One thing, one important event was learning about the death of Officer Bill Quinn. Can you describe learning that and how you knew that was a turning point.

MICHAEL SMITH:

One of the, one of the demands of the inmates was for amnesty and up until the point where, that it was announced that Officer Bill Quinn had been killed, they, they felt as did the hostages that that could be a possibility.

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Can you just start again and say the inmates instead of they. You're doing great except I'm afraid viewers won't know who they is. Just tell me again.

MICHAEL SMITH:

Ah, do you want me to start--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Yeah, just starting over again about, I believe it's on Saturday night that the announcement is made that Bill Quinn has died.

MICHAEL SMITH:

One of the inmate demands was that of amnesty and up until the point where it was announced that Bill Quinn had been killed that was, the amnesty was considered to be a real possibility and with that announcement, the death of Bill Quinn, that cast a totally different light on the situation. And, ah, now instead of amnesty the question was, who and how many could be found guilty of murder.