Don't Fence Me In - Why No Texas Prison Could Hold This Inmate
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Willie Nelson sings about riding in the wide-open spaces with lyrics titled “Don’t Fence Me In”.

“Don’t Fence Me In” was the ballad of Texas inmate Dennis Wayne Hope.

Hope bragged that there wasn’t a prison in the state of Texas that could hold him.

The convicted armed robber went as far as to imitate the prisoner played by Paul Newman in Hollywood’s Cool Hank Luke.

During a television interview with investigative reporter Robert Riggs, Hope demonstrated how he could use the plastic refill of a ballpoint pen to unlock handcuffs. 

This episode called “Don’t Fence Me In” chronicles Hope’s prison escapes and the fugitive hunters who get on this trail.

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