By David Ward, Gene Kassebaum
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In Bennett’s opinion, “some day” files related to Capone will be found in a naval records center. It should also be noted that prison staff did not assemble these institutional and inmate files for archival purposes. For example, some end-note citations from the files made available to us are not complete, such as the day, month, year, titles, or authors of some reports—particularly newspaper and magazine articles. 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.
Most important, a few words about Renée Ward, my wife, editor, and secretary. All the people listed above made significant contributions to this project, but her assistance, judgment, and support were indispensable. Like a long-term convict she’s seeking release after staying with this project (and with me) throughout the many years of its execution, manuscript preparation, and numerous revisions. She now deserves to do easier time. Introduction RECONSTRUCTING THE LIFE OF A PRISON In the middle of San Francisco Bay there rises an island that looks like a battleship .
Her summaries of information in FBI files and BOP reports became the basis of many sections in this book. Mary Jo Ludvigson, lieutenant colonel, Judge Advocate General’s Office, United States Air Force, reviewed and coded hundreds of files during her years on this study. Her good judgment is represented in the selection of many of the case studies, newspaper articles, and Alcatraz staff reports that appear in this book. Others who coded inmate files were Nancy Heitzig, Dan McCarthy, Celeste Korbel, Jeffrey Stitt, and Herman Milligan.
Alcatraz: The Gangster Years by David Ward, Gene Kassebaum