First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Randy Hoeft, photo ed­i­tor

In the sum­mer of 1978 one of the most grue­some events ever — at the time — held Yuma and the state in a grip of ter­ror.

That was when the “Ti­son Gang” tore across cen­tral and south­west Ari­zona and among other acts, mur­dered a Yuma Marine and his fam­ily in the desert north of Yuma.

While the gang was at large, peo­ple in Yuma and the county lived in fear of not know­ing where these men — Gary Ti­son, Randy Greenawalt and Ti­son’s three sons — might show up next.

Even­tu­ally, a shootout with deputies near Casa Grande left one of Ti­son’s sons dead while two oth­ers along with Greenawalt were cap­tured. Gary Ti­son was found dead 11 days later in the desert.

Now, I see there is a new movie out, “Last Ram­page: The Es­cape of Gary Ti­son.”

My only thoughts are, why does Hol­ly­wood do this and who cares?

And my new fear is, the next movie Hol­ly­wood will pro­duce is, “Ter­ror in Las Ve­gas: The Stephen Pad­dock Story.”

I pray not.

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