11 episodes

Standoff follows Fred Gómez Carrasco, a drug cartel kingpin and orchestrator of the 1974 Huntsville, Texas, prison siege. The siege was one of the most infamous hostage crises in American history and played out in dramatic fashion over eleven days, all in front of a terrified national audience. One hundred hours of audio containing the actual hostage negotiations and the deadly shoot-out tell the story like never before.

Standoff is a production of Imperative Entertainment and is written, created and hosted by Wes Ferguson. Executive Producer and Story Editor is Jason Hoch. Audio editing and sound engineering by Shaine Freeman and Jason Hoch. Original music is by Max Baca with Flaco Jiménez on accordion and Tony Gonzalez is the music engineer for the original score. The main theme 'Huntsville' is performed by Ray Benson and is from the 1971 Merle Haggard and the Strangers Album, 'Someday We'll Look Back'.

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Standoff follows Fred Gómez Carrasco, a drug cartel kingpin and orchestrator of the 1974 Huntsville, Texas, prison siege. The siege was one of the most infamous hostage crises in American history and played out in dramatic fashion over eleven days, all in front of a terrified national audience. One hundred hours of audio containing the actual hostage negotiations and the deadly shoot-out tell the story like never before.

Standoff is a production of Imperative Entertainment and is written, created and hosted by Wes Ferguson. Executive Producer and Story Editor is Jason Hoch. Audio editing and sound engineering by Shaine Freeman and Jason Hoch. Original music is by Max Baca with Flaco Jiménez on accordion and Tony Gonzalez is the music engineer for the original score. The main theme 'Huntsville' is performed by Ray Benson and is from the 1971 Merle Haggard and the Strangers Album, 'Someday We'll Look Back'.

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    Let the Siege Begin | Chapter 1

    Let the Siege Begin | Chapter 1

    Fred Carrasco seizes control of the prison library at the Texas State Penitentiary, taking librarians and teachers hostage.
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    • 48 min
    "I Came to Kill One Guy" | Chapter 2

    "I Came to Kill One Guy" | Chapter 2

    Before his infamous prison siege, Fred Carrasco rose from the streets of San Antonio to the heights of power as an international druglord, only to crash back down to earth in a wild shoot-out with the cops.
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    • 55 min
    The Mastermind | Chapter 3

    The Mastermind | Chapter 3

    Stuck behind bars, Fred Carrasco recuperates from numerous bullet wounds and hatches a brazen and daring plot to escape justice ... with a little help from his friends.
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    • 53 min
    Both Sides Dig In | Chapter 4

    Both Sides Dig In | Chapter 4

    Schoolteacher Jack Branch and other hostages become human shields as Fred Carrasco ups the stakes in his demand to be released from prison.
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    • 46 min
    "I Just Saw a Man Killed!" | Chapter 5

    "I Just Saw a Man Killed!" | Chapter 5

    Guards armed with guns and explosives get ready to storm the library. Their goal? Recapture the outlaw Fred Carrasco and free his civilian hostages.
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    • 56 min
    The Blitz | Chapter 6

    The Blitz | Chapter 6

    Hostage taker Fred Carrasco turns up the public pressure on prison officials to release him and his accomplices from the Walls Unit. A desperate hostage takes matters into his own hands.
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    • 55 min

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