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Letter From Alcatraz Robert Stroud Birdman Of Alcatraz New Bird Book, Politics For Sale
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ROBERT STROUD Birdman of Alcatraz (1890-1963) In
the early evening hours of January 18, 1909, Robert Stroud set off for
the Juneau, Alaska, docks to get fish for his and his girlfriend Kitty's
dinner. A mutual acquaintance of the couple, F.K. Von Dahmer, also
known by his nickname Charlie, stayed behind with Kitty. In Robert's
absence, Charlie took advantage of Kitty and viciously beat her.
Eventually, Robert returned from the docks long after Charlie had
departed. When he learned what had happened to Kitty, he was enraged.
Robert went to Charlie's home with a gun and confronted Charlie. A
struggle ensued that resulted in Charlie being shot dead. Following the
shooting, Robert walked into the office of the Juneau City Marshal where
he turned himself in.
according to police reports, Stroud had knocked Von Dahmer unconscious,
then shot him at point blank range. Stroud's mother retained a lawyer
for her son. On August 23, 1909, Robert Stroud was convicted of
manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years at McNeil Island Federal
Penitentiary in Seattle. Robert was disorderly and violent during his
stay in prison. While at McNeil, he stabbed another inmate for accusing
him of stealing food. On another occasion, he assaulted an orderly who
reported him for trying to get drugs by way of threats and intimidation. His behavior resulted in his transference to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas on September 5, 1912.On
March 26, 1916, during the noon meal in Leavenworth's dining hall, with
over 1,000 inmates and numerous other guards present, Robert Stroud
stabbed prison guard Andrew Turner to death with a homemade knife;
Turner had reported him for breach of silence. On May 27, 1916, Stroud
was sentenced to death by hanging, but his mother worked tirelessly to
help her son. An appeal to President Woodrow Wilson finally led to the
commutation of his sentence to life imprisonment, and he was never
In June 1920, Robert Stroud came across a nest of baby sparrows in the
exercise yard of Leavenworth. He took them to his cell and cared for
them. He later bred and sold birds in prison, mostly canaries.
1933 1943In December 1942, Robert Stroud was transferred from Leavenworth to Alcatraz where he was no longer allowed to keep birds. In September 1955, Thomas E. Gaddis' bestselling biography "Birdman of Alcatraz: The Story of Robert Stroud" was published. In 1959, Stroud was moved to a criminal medical center in Springfield, Missouri, where he died on November 21, 1963. "Birdman of Alcatraz," starring Burt Lancaster in the title role, premiered on July 3, 1962.
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Letter From Alcatraz Robert Stroud Birdman Of Alcatraz New Bird Book, Politics: $300