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Dinner in the Stacks to feature 'Trail of Terror' book release, signing
Death List Trail of Terror

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 17, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The first public release of author Sherri Knight’s book, Death List: Trail of Terror, will coincide with the Friends of the Dick Smith Library’s upcoming Dinner in the Stacks event, Saturday, Sept. 29.

Friends of the Dick Smith Library will host its membership and the public during the semi-annual event which features food, door prizes and good company among thousands of volumes inside Tarleton State University’s library. This fall’s program, featuring tales from the newly published book, will also include a book signing with the author.

Dinner in the Stacks opens with appetizers at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s foyer followed by dinner at 7 and a program led by Knight, who authored Death List: Trail of Terror recounting a 1974 robbery and killing spree that ended in Erath County.

In August 1974, three inmates at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado escaped and left a trail of terror through New Mexico and Texas, gaining international news coverage. The escapees were eventually captured near Stephenville at the Wise Arena on Lingleville Highway.

Knight’s book recounts the three days during the convicts’ robbing and killing spree in Erath County that caused area residents to be frightened as law enforcement attempted to apprehend the escapees. Dairy workers carried guns while milking their herds and many residents out in the country in northern Erath County left their homes to stay elsewhere or congregated at Hannibal Store.

A sixth-generation Texan, Knight was raised on a dairy farm in Erath County and graduated Stephenville High School before attending Tarleton State University. She received degrees in English and history, as well as a master’s in education and taught for 31 years in Texas public schools.

Friends of the Library invite its membership and the general public to listen as Knight provides a detailed account of the ordeal, which is still vividly remembered by many local residents.

“We welcome the community to attend and support this immensely popular Dinner in the Stacks,” said Friends of the Library’s board president Kay Patterson. “This promises to be an enjoyable evening for all, and we encourage those who plan to attend to call and make their dinner reservations now.”

Patterson requested that reservations be made no later than Thursday, Sept. 27.

Tickets to this spring’s Dinner in the Stacks are $17.50 for members of Friends of the Library, and $20 for non-members.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds from Dinner in the Stacks is put towards funding Dick Smith Library projects which help provide additional resources to improve Tarleton students’ library experience,” said Patterson. “We welcome individuals and businesses to join our organization and become true friends in our mission to support the Dick Smith Library.”

Established in 1990, the Friends of the Dick Smith Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the university’s library. The organization funds the acquisition of educational amenities which lie outside of the library budget; help sponsor discussions, lectures, book talks, and other scholarly activities; and aid in the creation of endowments, bequests, and other gifts to the university’s library.

To purchase tickets and RSVP for the event, or for more information about becoming a member of Friends of the Dick Smith Library, please call 254-968-9474 or visit www.tarleton.edu/friends.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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