Alcatraz Island: Memoirs of a Rock Doc

Alcatraz Island: Memoirs of a Rock Doc

by Milton Daniel Beacher
     
 

Milton Daniel Beacher, M.D. arrived on Alcatraz Island a naïve and compassionate young doctor. It was April 26, 1937. One year later, he left with a journal. It chronicled the suicides, discipline problems, force feedings, and details of a long strike and successful escape. He also penned conversations with famous prisoners like Al Capone, Alvin Karpis, and

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Milton Daniel Beacher, M.D. arrived on Alcatraz Island a naïve and compassionate young doctor. It was April 26, 1937. One year later, he left with a journal. It chronicled the suicides, discipline problems, force feedings, and details of a long strike and successful escape. He also penned conversations with famous prisoners like Al Capone, Alvin Karpis, and “Machine Gun” Kelly. Dr. Beacher later wove the journal into a vivid account of life on the Rock. Befriended by some prisoners, he included their first-person narratives and original prisoner poetry. His daughter, Dianne Beacher Perfit, published her father's journal in 2001.

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"Readers will find themselves behind the scenes in a manner that few other texts permit . . . those interested in correctional history would do well to spend a few evenings perusing its pages." Corrections Today

"A vivid, gripping book, written in gut-wrenching descriptive language . . ." The Midwest Book Review

"Great addition to our library and to our bookstore." Golden Gate National Recreation Area

"Rare historical treasure. Readers will inarguably "see and hear" the prisoners yammering from 1937, too. Eerie." Coral Gables Gazette

"A story of the harsh life on the Rock, filled with suicides, a prisoner's strike, and a successful escape." bookviews.com

"True masterpiece . . . brought the history of Alcatraz back to life . . . great tribute to your father and his memory." Michael Esslinger, Author, Letters from Alcatraz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971033207
Publisher:
Pelican Island Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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