Updated: Feb 28, 2022
When two men cross paths in jail, they become fast friends, but their plans for release don’t include rehabilitation. What their plans do include are repeating the type of crimes that got them imprisoned in the first place; robbery and assault. That was only the start of the men's spree. After four days, they left in their path of destruction a rape victim, a club shootout, multiple abducted families and a dead cop. This is the first part of the story of Carl Cletus Bowles and Wilfred Gray and the terror they inflicted across three states in 1965.
Sources Part 1
SF Gate - Reporter, political figure Hale Champion dies | Eugene Register Guard - 01.30.2006 News of Killer's Death | Life Magazine - 07.23.1965| Offbeat Oregon History - Prison break happened during “conjugal visit” at cheap motel | | Daytona Beach Morning Journal - 07.11.1965 Four Day Rampage | Mineral County Independence - 01.14.1965 Four State Chase | St. Petersburg Times - 01.10.1965 Criminal Odyssey | Chronicle Covers: A kidnapping and rescue stranger than fiction | Federal Firearms Act - Hearings Before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee To Investigate Juvenile Delinquency, Eighty-Ninth Congress, First Session, on May 19-21, June 2, 3, 8, 24, 30, July 1, 20, 27, 1965. Page 650 | Ann Rule - Empty Promises “The Conjugal Visit” | Statesman Journal - 01.28.1966 Final Charges Against Bowles, Gray Dropped | Daily News - 02.20.1966 The Penalty for Terror | The Capital Journal - 07.07.1965 Shooting Suspect Buys Car Here | Fort Lauderdale News - 07.07.1965 Killers Grab Hostages? | The Fresno Bee - 07.07.1965 Mother, Son May Be Hostages | Spokane Chronicle - 07.07.1965 Pair Kill Deputy; Two Are Missing | Albany Democrat-Herald - Woman, Son Feared Held By Killers of Lane Officer | The Capital Journal - 07.08.1965 Oregon Bandits Free Hostages Unharmed | The Times - 07.08.1965 State Finance Chief, Wife, Tot Missing | Los Angeles Evening Citizen News - 07.08.1965 State Aide, Wife, Child Are Missing | The Capital Journal - 07.09.1965 Long Criminal Records Laid to Two Kidnappers | The Press Democrat - 07.09.1965 Kidnappers Surrender; Champion Family Safe | The Capital Journal - 07.09.1965 Map of Bowle’s and Gray’s Route | The San Bernardino County Sun - 07.10.1965 | The Tampa Tribune - 07.10.1965 Five-Day Crime Spree Ends; Hostages Safe | Statesman Journal - 07.10.1965 Family Describes Kidnapping by Gunmen | Statesman Journal - 07.10.1965 Happy Reunion | The Spokesman Review - 07.10.1965 Fleeing Ex-Cons Treated Them Well, Hostages Say | Fort Lauderdale news - 07.11.1965 Two Ex-Convicts Indicted As Kidnappers | Capital Journal - 07.08.1965 Oregon Bandits Free Hostages Unharmed | The Press Democrat - 07.09.1965 Kidnappers Surrender; Champion Family Safe | The Sun - 07.10.1965 Gunmen’s Quip Final Gesture | Daytona Beach Morning Journal - 07.11.1965 Four Day Rampage By Ex-Convicts | Mineral County Independent News - 07.14.1965 Gunmen Captured Friday Near Mineral County Line | The Amarillo Globe Times - 08.05.1959 Two Charged By FBI for Fleeing State | Statesman Journal - 08.07.1965 Crime Spree Pair Moving From Jail | Albany Democrat Herald - 12.16.1965 Slayers Get Life Terms | Independent - 07.08.1965 Pics of Bowles, Gray, the Corbins |
Sources Part 2
SF Gate - Reporter, political figure Hale Champion dies | Eugene Register Guard - 01.30.2006 News of Killer's Death | Life Magazine - 07.23.1995 | Offbeat Oregon History - Prison break happened during “conjugal visit” at cheap motel | Bonnie's Blog of Crime - Deputy Sheriff Carlton Edmund Smith murder | Daytona Beach Morning Journal - 07.11.1965 Four Day Rampage | Federal Firearms Act - Hearings Before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee To Investigate Juvenile Delinquency, Eighty-Ninth Congress, First Session, on May 19-21, June 2, 3, 8, 24, 30, July 1, 20, 27, 1965. Page 650 | Ann Rule - Empty Promises “The Conjugal Visit” | SF Gate - Reporter, political figure Hale Champion dies | Salem Pioneer Cemetery - Hoyt Carl Cupp ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon | Oregon History Project - Oregon State Penitentiary Prison Riot, 1968 | Virtual Globe Trotting - Prison Putt-Putt in Salem, OR (Google Maps)| NBC News - Oregon prison's new garden holds promise of transforming correctional landscapes | Wikipedia - Conjugal Visits State Prisons | Daily News - 11.10.1974 Hunters bodies wheeled away | Corvallis Gazette Times - 06.15.1974 Convicts Edgy | Corvallis Gazette Times - 06.15.1974 Bowles Manhunt | The Capital Journal - 06.17.1974 Joseph and Louis Jacob fought off Bowles | The Spokesman Review - 06.26.1974 Joan Coberly visits Bowles |The Spokesman Review - 11.13.1975 Bowles Admits Two Murders | Albany Democrat Herald - 05.06.1975 Jury Selection| Corvallis Gazette Times - 01.30.1976 McCall, Cupp testify | Statesman Journal - 10.24.2021 1968 Fires burn in background | Statesman Journal - 10.11.2007 Inmate, frank gable is innocent | Corvallis Gazette Times - 11.24.1991 Former Convict holds crime class at OSU | Albany Democrat Herald - 04.15.1977 Harborer of Bowles seek modified term |Longview Daily New - 06.29.82 RaymondEaglin, harborer of Bowles awarded $55k | Albany Democrat Herald - 01.24.80 Death Penalty Comments | The Capital Journal - 06.17.76 Bowles Last Cute Little Escape Attempt |Longview Daily News - 06.17.76 Bowles escapes, retaken |The World - 06t.17.76 Fellow Escapee Caught |Spokane Chronicle - 12.18.76 Bowles to represent inmate |Statesman Journal - 07.13.1997 Hoyt Cupp Career Retrospective |Daily News - 11.10.1974 A Pass to Perdition |Democrat and Chronicle - 06.16.1974 Bowles Eludes Police |The Los Angeles Times - 01.16.1974 Bowles Fires on FBI |The Los Angeles Times - 01.31.1974 Oregon Warden on Suspension || Statesman Journal - 03.29.1955 Meet for Judo Class |Statesman Journal - 10.29.1952 Hoyt Cupp photo |Spokane Chronicle - 01.05.1974 Oregon Prisoners Report Contact with Bowles |Corvallis Gazette Times - 05.23.1974 Joan Coberly married |The Capital Journal - 05.22.1975 No leads on Bowles |Statesman Journal - 04.26.1968 Pen Riot Costs |Statesman Journal - 03.19.1968 Mine Detectors Used |Statesman Journal - 03.10.1968 Cons Grab Control |Statesman Journal - 03.12.1968 Cupp named warden after riot |Statesman Journal - 07.06.1960 Cupp takes top shooting honors |Statesman Journal - 05.26.1974 Public Should Face Facts of Life at Prison |Statesman Journal - 05.24.1974 Cupp did not seek evaluation |Statesman Journal - 05.21.1974 Cupp Signed Bowles Pass |Statesman Journal - 05.21.1974 Cupp Faces Discipline |Statesman Journal - 05.19.1974 Bowles escape |Statesman Journal - 07.12.1975 Alienation Suit Lost |Statesman Journal - 11.26.1974 Clara Cupp Seeks Punitive Damages |Statesman Journal - 08.23.1974 Cupp promises to increase pest control |Statesman Journal - 06.08.1974 Gov McCall issues radio plea |Statesman Journal - 10.11.2007 Skeptics persist on prison chief's murder |Statesman Journal - 03.09.2011 Doris Penwell |