“In the Wind: The Story of Randolph Dial and Bobbi Parker” purports to be a compilation of letters written by Dial between April and December 2005. The 537-page book was published by As Ever Media, LLC. an Arizona company created to promote Dial’s legacy of writings and artwork.
Publishers say the book ultimately answers the question that has remained a mystery since Dial’s notorious escape from Granite’s Oklahoma State Reformatory in 1994: Was Bobbi Louaine Parker, the warden’s wife, a willing accomplice or a hostage?
Parker, 46, faces a felony count for helping Dial escape. Her preliminary hearing begins Oct. 27 in Greer County. She could serve up to 10 years in prison.
“The reason we’re putting this story out there now is so people know the truth about what happened,” said Dan Ysais, a spokesman for As Ever Media. “Mr. Dial’s story hasn’t been told because of the media’s negative slant. We even debated whether this story should ever be told. But in light of what’s going on, we felt it would do more good than harm.”
The book is a narrative in which Dial portrays himself as a supreme intellectual, a master manipulator, and a God-fearing man who was divinely protected in his flight to freedom.
Dial, who died in prison on June 13, 2007, at age 62, was serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Broken Arrow karate instructor Kelly Dean Hogan. It’s a murder he coldly describes in the book’s foreword.
Dial claims he and Parker grew intimately close during his incarceration.
He goes into detail concerning how he drugged Parker with valium the day he escaped and then ordered her to drive them off prison property.
The story proceeds to take the reader through their alleged love affair and his control over her during the decade they were on the run.
The book concludes with federal authorities busting through the door of their east Texas home on a chicken farm. Dial records Parker’s alleged final words to him while standing handcuffed: “There’s something I want you to know. I ... I don’t plan to cooperate with the authorities, and I’m not going to go public with any of this in the media.”
District Attorney John Wampler, who filed the charge against Parker, could not be reached for comment.