February 11, 2018

New PDF release: Alcatraz: The Gangster Years

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, besides bright debts of the lives of different notorious criminals who gone through the penal complex from 1934 to 1948. Ward, who loved unparalleled entry to FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Federal Parole documents, carried out interviews with 100 former Alcatraz convicts, guards, and directors to supply this definitive heritage of "The Rock." Alcatraz is the one booklet with authoritative solutions to questions that experience swirled in regards to the criminal: How did prisoners cope psychologically with the cruel regime? What provoked the protests and moves? How did safety flaws result in the sensational break out makes an attempt? And what occurred whilst those "habitual, incorrigible" convicts have been ultimately published? by means of shining a mild at the most renowned felony on the earth, Ward additionally increases well timed questions on modern day supermax prisons.

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These gangsters and outlaws—driving fast cars, armed with machine guns, and often able to elude capture for long periods of time—were branded “public enemies” because their exploits terrorized the citizenry and greatly eroded confidence in local and state law enforcement agencies. By 1933, with the arrest and successful prosecution of many of the most notorious lawbreakers, federal officials had achieved major victories in their campaign to show that they could deal with “the gangster element,” but they faced a serious obstacle in winning back the public’s confidence.

And by Alcatraz wardens never satisfied the interest of the outside world in what was happening to Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, to Ma Barker’s son Dock, to Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy no. 1, to kidnapper Thomas Robinson, to Floyd Hamilton, confederate of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, to the Fleisch brothers of Detroit’s “Purple Gang,” and to other prominent gangsters of the 1930s and 1940s, including Basil “The Owl” Banghart, John Paul Chase, partner of Baby Face Nelson, and confederates of John Dillinger, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and the Barker-Karpis mob.

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). ” After his death the remaining Alcatraz materials were lost.

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