GRANITE-- He ran from police for nearly a decade with a deputy prison warden's wife by his side. Now, just two years after Randolph Dial was captured in east Texas, he has died. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Dial passed away Wednesday morning in the infirmary at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Dial had been in poor health for several years. In fact, it was just a couple of months ago he told the court he had a tumor the size of an orange on his lung. He made the statement at his sentencing for escaping from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite in 1994. Now that he's is gone, many people are wondering if we'll ever learn what really happened when he disappeared with Bobbi Parker. Most people we talked with belive the truth will always remain a mystery.
"Everyone, if they find out you're from Granite, that's the first thing they want to know. What about that guy that ran off with the deputy warden's wife," said resident Bobby Kamphaus.
"Well, we didn't lose anything," said resident Gail Hanks.
At the Main Street Cafe, everyone who's been around Granite long enough can't help but wonder if Dial's death will bring new details on his infamous escape and the decade on the run with Bobbi Parker that followed.
"They don't know if she left with him because she loved him, or just left because he made her, or he kidnapped her you know," said resident Salah Deas.
"Thinking over his life in general, it's nice that he's not going to be able to hurt anyone anymore," said Brenda Willis, one of Bobbi Parker's closest friends. "They put their life back together and I don't know that she'll do anything that will alter that as far as stating any more about what happened. I wouldn't blame her if she never wanted to think about it again.
While Willis firmly believes Parker was kidnapped and threatened, District Attorney John Wampler is still not sure. He believes Dial's death won't have much of an impact on his investigation. He says while alive, Dial offered several different stories of what happened. None of which Wampler completely believes . "I'm not really sure that Mr. Dial was capable of recognizing the truth. Basically he was just a con-artist, a very good con-artist," said Wampler.