The amazing story of how a struggling army recruit emerged to play a key role in tracking down Saddam Hussein reads like a Hollywood movie script, and that’s exactly what Eric Maddox’s life story is soon to become.
As a military interrogator in the Iraqi backwater of Tikrit, Maddox was forced to develop his own methods of getting information from the locals after the techniques he’d learned in the army failed miserably.
But by going against what the military had taught him, Maddox secured the ultimate success and got the information that led U.S. troops to capture Hussein in December 2003.
It was all a very long way from Maddox’s inauspicious starts as a struggling new recruit some ten years before.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, Maddox claims that a voice from God told him to become an army Airborne Ranger, even though he’d never shot a gun and was terrified of heights.
‘Every day of Ranger School, I was like, “are you sure?” – I barely passed,’ Maddox recently recalled to News9.
Next he decided to become an army interrogator after someone convinced him that it would be an easy ride.
Maddox said, ‘They told me, “Be an interrogator. That’s the easiest one. It’s eight weeks of training. You’ll never have to do it. We don’t have any prisoners”.’
But then came the events of September 11, 2001 and everything changed.