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Texas Fugitives Surrender: Patrick Murphy Jr. Discusses Life on the Run with KKTV ReporterAired January 24, 2001 - 6:23 a.m. ET
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JASON CARROLL, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to get back to our developing story, the story of Donald Newbury and Patrick Murphy Jr. giving themselves up peacefully after several hours of negotiations and a very telling interview with a local TV anchorman.
LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: That's right, and of course we're talking about the two remaining men who were at large from the "Texas Seven." And it's amazing what a small area all this ended up in because the five men who were found on Monday were in Woodland Park, which is about 20 miles from Colorado Springs. The two men who were in Colorado springs, it's unclear exactly when they got there, but their van was found about a block away from the hotel room where police were able to start communications with them overnight.
We want to go straight to the scene. Our Frank Buckley is there in Colorado Springs.
FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello.
The way this unfolded, both of the fugitives who were inside of this hotel room, apparently, negotiated to speak for five minutes each. Earlier you heard from Donald Newbury, as he spoke to anchor Eric Singer of KKTV here in Colorado Springs. Now we will here from Patrick Murphy Jr.
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PATRICK MURPHY JR: ... blizzard for hours and literally Colorado was just a random pick.
ERIC SINGER, KKTV ANCHOR: Now, when you arrived in Colorado, where did your journey take you?
MURPHY: I believe our first stop was Pueblo area.
SINGER: Yes, and then you went from Pueblo to?
MURPHY: To -- we went straight to Woodland Park.
SINGER: When you were in Woodland Park, obviously the "Texas Seven" America's most wanted. Your pictures are up everywhere. How exactly did you blend in? What kind -- you were up there several weeks. How did you blend in? How did you, you know, hide -- try to be a sort of chameleon within the community?
MURPHY: Well, that was rather -- we joked about often, but it was really just by downplaying ourselves and changing our hair color and such.
SINGER: Now, tell me, you're talking about the fact that you were changing your hair color and such. You were trying to blend in. What exactly was your day to day life? Obviously, it's going to be a lot difficult and different than it would be for me.
MURPHY: Day to day life was, you know, we tried to remain as calm as possible at all times, but vigilant. It would be difficult to get into that right now.
SINGER: Now many times we had talked to several people in the Woodland Park area, and they had said that they had seen many of you out in the community. They had said hi to you. Obviously, they had also said the fact that you attended Christian meetings; that you tried to blend into the community. Tell me a little bit about that.
MURPHY: OK, yes, we attempted to be as friendly and as neighborly as we could. As far as the Christian meetings were, that was only one man and he was the man who committed suicide. That was part of the cover, I guess, you could say. You know, we were trying to -- He was trying to pass us off as a -- like a church work crew traveling around.
SINGER: And the decisions within the group to blend into the community -- was there anything specifically that they had talked about to blend?
MURPHY: No, the things that we did we just played by ear day to day.
SINGER: You were talking about dying your hair. Like when we've seen these -- seen the people, I mean, what color hair do you have now?
MURPHY: I guess it's kind of a blondish-red, you know, with very dark roots because my hair is growing out fast.
SINGER: That's right. And you had dark hair, as I recall, in some of your pictures?
SINGER: All right. Well, we are -- we have about five seconds left. So if you could go ahead and just wrap up however you'd like so that way you can immediately go outside and honor your commitment.
MURPHY: OK, I want to say thank you very much. The authorities here have been very professional in our dealings and, hopefully, like I said, maybe this will open eyes in some people is that the penal system is -- does have problems within it. (END VIDEO CLIP)
BUCKLEY: And that's how it ended. Fairly shortly after that, the interview with Patrick Murphy Jr. ended. The anchorman saying that the timekeeper, apparently someone who is standing next to him actually looking at a clock, honoring the five-minute commitment that the fugitives had made -- per fugitive to make a statement to this television reporter live on local television. It was not broadcast live on CNN. After police asked all the broadcast entities not to broadcast it live at least, and so CNN honored that agreement.
But it was broadcast live here locally and in some other television markets. And that's how the interview ended with Murphy. Shortly thereafter, they switched over. Donald Newbury got on the phone and also was interviewed by this television reporter. We will have that interview for you later in the hour.
Jason and Linda, back to you.
STOUFFER: Very dramatic. Frank Buckley, thank you very much for that from the scene on Colorado Springs.
CAROLL: And we are going to take a very quick break and we're going to be back with more details on this in just a few moments.
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