By David Ward, Gene Kassebaum

ISBN-10: 0520256077

ISBN-13: 9780520256071

Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker—these have been quite a few of the mythical "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax legal used to be created. In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, David Ward brings their tales to lifestyles, in addition to shiny debts of the lives of alternative notorious criminals who gone through the reformatory from 1934 to 1948. Ward, who loved remarkable entry to FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Federal Parole files, performed interviews with 100 former Alcatraz convicts, guards, and directors to provide this definitive background of "The Rock." Alcatraz is the one ebook with authoritative solutions to questions that experience swirled concerning the felony: How did prisoners cope psychologically with the tough regime? What provoked the protests and moves? How did defense flaws result in the sensational get away makes an attempt? And what occurred whilst those "habitual, incorrigible" convicts have been eventually published? by way of shining a mild at the most renowned legal on this planet, Ward additionally increases well timed questions on contemporary supermax prisons.

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Coy attempts to shoot tower officer. 10. Officers block escape at rear of main cell house. 11. Marines guard prisoners in recreation yard. 12. Officers break through roof and drop grenades and bombs, dislodging Coy, Cretzer, and Hubbard from pipe tunnel. 13. Dead found in utilities corridor. ALCATRAZ THE GANGSTER YEARS David Ward WITH GENE KASSEBAUM University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

C. In 1972 James Bennett donated his personal files to the John F. Kennedy Library but because he had begun drafting chapters for his own book about Alcatraz he had assembled considerable materials that he kept in his home—some of which he made available to me during our visits. He noted in a July 26, 1974, letter to me the loss of one important set of records, “the monthly reports of the Warden and other information about operating problems I suspect have been destroyed. ” Mr. Bennett wrote to me again on September 7, 1976, that he was working on case histories of “prisoners I have known in my personal files”; two years later, October 3, 1978, he informed me, “I found Fred Wilkinson’s detailed report on the escape (June, 1962 Anglin-Morris).

Of particular note was a large collection of valuable records and photographs saved by acting warden Richard Willard after the prison was closed. ) Three ex-prisoners gave me copies of books they were writing about their experiences in and out of prison. While the interviews were being conducted, the coding of the inmate files was completed, and we were able to analyze the data. The results confirmed what had been indicated by the preliminary analysis: Alcatraz releasees had indeed succeeded in the free world at a much higher rate than anyone had thought they could.

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