Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One, On the Rock, Twenty-Five Years in Alcatraz, The Prison Story of Alvin Karpis ( 25 )

By: Karpis, Alvin as Told to Robert Livesey

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----------hard cover, a Near Fine copy, in a chipped and torn but overall Fair to Good dustjacket, sticker pull on front panel, 306 pages, illustrated with b&w photos, ---"In 1936 the FBI arrested Alvin Karpis in New Orleans. He was the leader, along with Freddie Barker, of the Karpis/Barker gang of outlaws. (The FBI falsely claimed that Freddie's mother, Ma Barker, was the leader of the gang only after they killed the old lady with her son Freddie in Florida.) Alvin Karpis was wanted for 14 murders at the time of his arrest, but none could be proven. He was given a life sentence on a kidnapping charge and sent to the mysterious super-prison in San Francisco - Alcatraz. For 25 years Alcatraz housed the most dangerous criminals, and inside the walls and cells, bloody death, sexual perversity, and the brutality of guards were commonplace.Karpis describes the black hole - solitary confinement - and tells of the violent deaths of the cons who failed in their bids for freedom. "On the Rock" is Karpis's personal story of the desperate and insane who lead a timeless existence on the rock of Alcatraz Island.Karpis describes his fellow inmates: Al Capone, "Machine-Gun" Kelly, Doc Barker, Robert Stroud (the "Bird-Man of Alcatraz"), and (at McNeil Island) a young Charlie Manson whom Karpis taught to play guitar. His descriptions often contradict public mythologies about the infamous criminals. karpis died in Spain in 1979."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///NOT SIGNED ---GUARANTEED to be AVAILABLE///

Title: Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One, On the Rock, Twenty-Five Years in Alcatraz, The Prison Story of Alvin Karpis ( 25 )

Author Name: Karpis, Alvin as Told to Robert Livesey

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: True Crime,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Don Mills, ON ( Toronto ).: Musson, 1980, 1st Edition, First Printing: 1980

ISBN Number: 0773700471

ISBN Number 13: 9780773700475

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Fair (see description)

Type: NOT Price Clipped

Inscription: Not Signed

Size: 6.25w x 9h Inches

Seller ID: 148818

Keywords: Alvin Karpis, J.Edgar Hoover, Alcatraz.