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    TX - Death row inmate Charles Thompson walks out of Harris County jail

    Scary!! Talk about a man with nothing to lose...... I expect a shootout resulting in his death.

    FULL STORY: http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dw....25641e21.html

    A massive manhunt was launched for a death row inmate who escaped from a downtown jail on Baker Street Thursday afternoon. The search was focused on an area near I-10 and Jensen.

    At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, inmate Charles Victor Thompson escaped from the Harris County jail facility at 1200 Baker Street.

    Thompson was convicted of capital murder in the April 1998 shooting deaths of Dennise Hayslip of Tomball and Darren Cain of Spring and had been sentenced to the death penalty. Thompson is considered extremely dangerous and should not be approached if spotted.



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    Killer bluffs his way out of Harris County Jail
    Death row prisoner uses civilian clothes, phony ID to trick deputy into letting him go

    Authorities continued to scour downtown Houston and the surrounding areas late Thursday for a death row convict who used a fake badge and a change of clothes to walk out of the Harris County Jail's Baker Street facility.


    Charles Victor Thompson, 35, convicted in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in 1998, escaped about 3:30 p.m. while being held inside the high-security J Pod unit at the County Jail at 1200 Baker, officials said.

    Thompson, described as 5' 11" and weighing approximately 230 pounds, was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes.

    Sheriff's officials said Thompson may be in a gray-colored 2003 Nissan Frontier truck with Texas license plate 8WLX62.

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory...pstory/3438092

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    Why is a Death Row prisoner even out of his cell? and who helped him with the Street clothes & phony ID?

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    Good questions Cass...

    They just said on the news that they think he was brought into a room used by attorneys to talk to their clients. In this room they believe he changed clothes and found the ID. Obviously this was preplanned and he had some help.

    I certainly hope they find this guy - and soon. He has family and his victim's family both live in Tomball - VERY close to me. Kinda scary!

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    Thats just crazy. Sounds like security is a little lax at this Prison and someones going to be in big trouble.

    The priority of course is finding this guy, but, if they had time to plan the escape/clothes/ID/Car/$$$ then they probably have a destination in mind as well - maybe he is trying for mexico or another State?

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    From what I can put together - he was just sentenced recently and had not yet been transferred to death row. They just said they have 45 days to transfer prisoners to the Polunsky Unit (death row) so apparently he had not made it there yet but was rather being held here in Houston. Don't know why there was a delay in getting him up there.

    ETA - he had just been sentenced last Friday.

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    Victim's mom says escapee wants revenge

    In jail letters, Thompson called himself 'the Chuckster killer'

    In pictures on Web sites arguing against the death penalty, Charles Victor Thompson smiles at the camera, the picture of boyishness.

    Throughout his trials and appeals, however, authorities and witnesses warned jurors to look beyond Thompson's appearance, calling him a "pretty boy" with a bad temper and characterizing him as a narcissistic sociopath who turns violent under stress. Authorities also have linked him with the white supremacist group Aryan Brotherhood while in prison.

    Only last week, jurors in Thompson's resentencing hearing called the capital murder for which he was convicted "horrible" and "heartbreaking." One juror said the case was so upsetting that it changed her attitude toward the death penalty: Now, she supports it.
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory...olitan/3438091
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    I wonder if he had a penpal from his website. It was mentioned in the article mysteriew linked.

    I see his original trial was in 1999 and this was a retrial, I believe. That's why he was in the county jail instead of prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
    I wonder if he had a penpal from his website. It was mentioned in the article mysteriew linked.

    I see his original trial was in 1999 and this was a retrial, I believe. That's why he was in the county jail instead of prison.
    That is a good question. He evidently not only had a website, he was actively searching for a penpal.
    What I would like to know is how they got him into the attorneys room and why no one seems to know he was in there. Was he running around loose in the jail and just popped into the attorneys room, or was he scheduled to be in there with someone? I would think someone at the jail should know where he was and who he was supposed to be with, any time he was out of his cell.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    That is a good question. He evidently not only had a website, he was actively searching for a penpal.
    What I would like to know is how they got him into the attorneys room and why no one seems to know he was in there. Was he running around loose in the jail and just popped into the attorneys room, or was he scheduled to be in there with someone? I would think someone at the jail should know where he was and who he was supposed to be with, any time he was out of his cell.
    I think he had help....maybe both inside and outside of the jail. The article didn't sound like he was supposed to be in the room for attorney's meetings, so I'm thinking a guard helped him get that far.


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    Good Grief!

    Maybe this is a good example of why, when somene is sentenced to DP, we should already have a gallows erected out back from the jail and hang 'em high straight from the courtroom

    Isn't that the way they used to do it in the WILD WEST?

    I hope he's the only one who possibly get's killed when he's confronted or captured. He's killed enough people already.

    I'd definitely be scared if I lived within 100 miles of there. Yikes! He has nothing to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fran
    Good Grief!

    Maybe this is a good example of why, when somene is sentenced to DP, we should already have a gallows erected out back from the jail and hang 'em high straight from the courtroom

    Isn't that the way they used to do it in the WILD WEST?

    I hope he's the only one who possibly get's killed when he's confronted or captured. He's killed enough people already.

    I'd definitely be scared if I lived within 100 miles of there. Yikes! He has nothing to lose.

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    It is too bad so many appeals are allowed. You're right that this guy has nothing to lose. I hope the ones who helped him receive stiff penalties as well.

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    I work in downtown houston which is where he escaped. While in prison the newspapers say that he was plotting to kill certain witnesses and think he will go after those people now that he is out. That is so scary. I read through the transcripts and one woman, the neighbor I think, told the entire story of what happened. It I was her I would get the heck out of the state until he is captured.

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    Where did he get the clothes??

    I understand his victims Mother being fearful. If I were her mother, I think I would stay put and just wait for him to show up. Don't think I'd get any time for shooting him dead!

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    where he got the clothes

    From Houston Channel 2 : "Apparently these were the clothes he used during his last court appearance, and what we've found is that he either put his jumpsuit over his clothing or put the clothes in with his legal papers when he came back to the jail," Martin said.

    KPRC Local 2 has also learned that the fake badge Thompson showed jail workers had his picture on it.

    "At no time did (officials) actually have it in their hands where they could really closely scrutinize this badge," Martin said. "It was a laminated card, like a driver's license or something of that nature."


    Here is the link to the whole article:

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/5248494/detail.html

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