ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) - This weekend, eyewitnesses and survivors will share their stories about the most deadly prison riot in American history.
The four-day uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility 40 years ago took the lives of 29 inmates, 10 corrections officers, and a civilian.
Gary Walk said, "40 years ago this morning I went to work, and I didn't come home for four days."
Walker was one of 33 corrections officers held hostage for four days until state troopers took back the prison, killing inmates and corrections officers as Walker's captor held him down, with a knife to his neck.
"He said, 'I won't do anything to you, unless I have to.' I said, 'Thank you, I appreciate that.' As soon as the firing started, he disappeared," recounted Walker.
Walker went on paid leave for six months before returning to work. Others were so badly wounded or traumatized they never did go back.
Arthur Eve said, "That mass murder was so unnecessary."
Former Buffalo Assemblyman Arthur Eve was on a negotiations team trying to reach peaceful end to the uprising at the request of the inmates. He still bristles at Rockefeller's sudden and bloody ending to the riot.
"Why rush this? If it had taken two or three days, that is better than killing 40 something people," said Eve.
UB professor Teresa Miller is leading a three-day conference on the legacy of the Attica riot. Professor Miller says the uprising did lead to improved conditions for inmates.
Professor Miller contended, "What we do in prisons inevitably affects the world outside of prison."
But she also said, ironically, the newly-appointed Corrections Commissioner Russell Oswald was trying to be a "reformer."
"And so the whole incident leaves us with a sense that if there had just been a little bit more time, that something might have been worked out," said Professor Miller.
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