“I think if I had my choice, growing up, I’d have been a farmer,” said Jim Willett, the former warden of the Texas State Prison in Huntsville.
Jim was as friendly as anyone we’ve met in our journeys, yet didn’t flinch when asked how many executions he’d carried out as warden. “I had to miss about a half dozen for one reason or another. I was there for 89.”
Jim recounted the most notorious escape attempt in American prison history while he was a guard in 1974. Prisoners smuggled in two guns in a rotten ham, captured eight prisoners and created a Trojan horse-type device, lined with human bodies as shields, to escape.
Family members leave memory thoughts which are displayed in Huntsville.