SID: Hello, Sid Roth your investigative reporter, here with Ricky and Jeannie Sinclair. What happened to them should not happen to anyone. Facing life imprisonment, he breaks out of jail, runs into the woods; Ricky, they had helicopters and dogs. Tell me about that.
RICKY: Well Sid, here I am 22 years old, facing life in Angola, scared to death; they booked me in, fingerprinted me. I knew the layout of the jail because I had been in trouble once before and in that jail I had done eight and one-half months earlier. I knew the bathroom was right by the front door, so after they finished fingerprinting me I asked them if I could wash the ink off my hands. Of course I was a professional con artist there; a professional manipulator. That’s what you do when you are caught up in that lifestyle; living another kind of life, so of course you become a con man because you have to in order to live that kind of lifestyle. Because on the outside you are saying I am something different than what I really am on the inside. And so I conned them, and asked if I could wash the ink off my hands knowing good and well the front door was right there by the bathroom. And as soon as I got into that bathroom, the jailer standing by the door, when he turned his head, I reached down and grabbed the flip-flops. I was in a pair of flip-flops, a black Harley-Davidson tee shirt, and a pair of blue jeans on. I grabbed those flip-flops and hit the door as fast as I could. Out the door I ran, and they were hollering “Hey, hey, hey, where you going?” I thought to myself, “I’ll show you where I’m going. I’m going home.” So into the woods I went. They called the Angola chase team, the largest state penitentiary in Louisiana, they called the dogs, and here I am running for my life, helicopters in the air. I hear the dogs; woof, woof! I’m a country boy, and I understand when he goes woof, woof; it’s hunt dog hunt. But when he gets a hold of a scent, he goes woof, woof, woof; And so I’m running for my life, scared to death, adrenalin pumping through me, through the hills, the Tunica hills, of Saint Francis Field, about thirty miles north of Baton Rouge. And ultimately, they ended up chasing me for 56 days, Sid.
SID: Tell me what was going on with food and water and those bare feet.
RICKY: Well, the first four days I laid twenty-five feet from the Angola guard line. I went four days and four nights without any food or water. My tongue was welded to my mouth. I had passed cotton mouth up by three days. So after the fourth day, I didn’t care if they shot me, I was going to get some water; and I crawled down from the hill, and you’ll be able to get this in my book, but I was on top of a hill under some briars, and I crawled down that hill and the first water I found was a little mud hole, water hole in the creek that had mosquito lavas in it. I’ll never forget those mosquito lavas going down my throat as I was drinking that water. And I thought to myself, some way you will try to justify your life.
SID: Now is this life as glamorous as you think at that point?
RICKY: This is the real story concerning drugs, Sid. It starts out
SID: Wait, now let me ask you, Rick, here you are out there 56 days out there, you go, you finally get to your mother’s house, you get turned in, you are now arrested, you are facing life imprisonment, you go into prison, you start reading a Bible. Why in the world did you read a Bible?
RICKY: Well, I started looking for answers. You’ve got to realize that in the woods I ate raw armadillo, frogs, turtles, blackberries. And look Sid, let me tell you, the worst thing I ever put in my mouth to this day is raw turtle. Raw turtle will set the captive free. So if you don’t have a relationship with God, and you take a bite of raw turtle, you are on you way with an experience with God.
SID: Okay, but why did you read the Bible?
RICKY: Because I had tried all the things of the world and it left me empty. I tried the party scene, I tried the money scene, I had lots of money that came through my hands with drugs. Though any money that is not sanctioned or blessed by God takes wings of an eagle, don’t kid yourself, if you get money
SID: Bottom line, you got saved, you became a believer of Jesus in prison. How many years did you serve?
RICKY: I did almost four years after that.
SID: Did you hear that? Four years he should have faced a life sentence. A miracle, a miracle power is working in his life. Don’t go away, we’ll be right back to see even greater miracles.