- : The vehicle they had just stolen fit perfectly into the suburb neighborhood of Carsonville, A old nonde*********** gray four -door Ford which matched dozens of others in this middle income community. Don't need to stand out now thought Cutter as he drove slowly down one road after another looking carefully at each well kept home they passed. Not sure what he was looking for but knowing that his safety and that of the three men with him depended on finding a place to hide and finding it soon. It had only been six hours since he and the others had broken out of the jail wing of the hospital. The radio was full of police bulletins warning citizens to be on the watch for the four escaped convicts
- Watching just as carefully from the front passenger's seat was Mike Washington, a convicted rapist serving a life sentence for his third conviction. In the back seat sat Willie Watson, a homosexual drug dealer serving ten years to life and "Crazy Carl" a demented child molester. Each had changed into civilian clothes stolen from the doctor's locker room during the escape. The car was found in the parking lot covered with dust indicating it had not been moved for a few days. It was easily hot wired and started.
- Cutter, real name Don Martin, was the leader of the group who had wrangled their way to the emergency room of the hospital by faking food poisoning. He himself was serving a life term for the murders of two teenagers who had the unfortunate luck to be parked, making love, on a back road when Cutter drove by. His nickname came from his specialized talent of using sharp knives and razors on his victims. "Guns are for the jerks," he always said, "it takes an expert to slowly dispatch a victim and enjoy each second."