The wife of an Oklahoma deputy warden charged with helping a murderer break out of prison said she lived with the man for years because she was afraid for her life, a Texas rancher who hired the couple said Tuesday.
“She was just scared of him because he done told her he was going to kill all her family” if she revealed who they were, said rancher Kenneth Rash of Center, Texas.
The woman, Bobbi Parker, has been charged with assisting the escape of Randolph Dial from Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler said Tuesday. The indictment comes three years after a tip from America’s Most Wanted led law officers to Parker and Dial.
Now 45, Parker could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Dial died last year at age 62 in prison, where he was returned in 2005.
Dial told police he kidnapped Parker from the prison in 1994 and forced her to live with him. A court affidavit alleges the two were lovers and that Parker helped Dial escape by hiding him in her car.
At the time of Dial’s escape, Parker left behind her husband, Randy, who was deputy warden at the prison, and two daughters, then ages 8 and 10. She was reunited with the girls and her husband after she was found on Rash’s ranch in East Texas, where she and Dial had been raising chickens for five years.
Rash said there was “something strange” about the couple from the start, when they moved into a trailer on his ranch. He knew them as Richard and Samantha Deahl.
“She was just nervous all the time. She didn’t want to get out of his sight,” Rash said. “When she’d say something when we’d talk to her on the chicken farm, you could tell it made him mad.”
Parker did occasionally leave the ranch to shop in town, Rash said. And Dial went into town to get his teeth fixed and was treated in a hospital for a heart attack.
Charles Sasser, a former detective who wrote a book about Dial, said the fugitive called him a few years before his capture and put Parker on the phone.
“I asked her if she was doing OK, and she said, ‘Yes, I’m fine. I’m happy,’ ” Sasser said Monday. “I asked her if she should talk to her children, and she said, ‘No, maybe it’s better that they think I’m dead.’ “
After Dial was taken away, Rash said Parker stayed on at the ranch for a while. He asked her why she did not run from Dial.
“She told us that (he said) if she ran away or if she called somebody on him (that) if he didn’t do it, he’d have somebody else kill her kids because he was in the Mafia or something.”
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