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The Devil's Butcher Shop

The New Mexico Prison Uprising
By Roger Morris



"In the cold early hours after midnight on Saturday, February 2, 1980, convicts seized the New Mexico State Penitentiary at Santa Fe, taking twelve guards hostage. When the institution was surrendered thirty-six hours later, rampaging inmates had murdered and mutilated almost beyond recognition at least thirty-three men, tortured eight of the hostage guards, and raped, wounded, and terrorized scores of other prisoners in the most savage penal riot in American history. Gutted by fire and by flooding, blood-soaked sewage, the penitentiary stood in the Sunday mountain twilight a dank and acrid charnel house, the butchery so complete that anthropologists would later sift through the muck for occasional shards of bone as if searching some prehistoric burial ground.

This is the story of that event, and of its origins and aftermath."
--from the Preface

Contributor Bios
Roger Morris holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. After a brief sting as a foreign service officer, he served as a White House aide and then on the staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon. He is the author of Uncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, Haig: The General's Progress, and Richard Milhous Nixon: To the Threshold of Power, volume one in a multivolume biography. In 1985, Morris won the coveted Bronze Medal of the Investigative Reporters and Editors for the most distinguished journalism across all media nationwide.