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Conversations with the Capeman: An Intimate Biography of Salvador Agron

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Jaime Manrique
In August 1959, in Hells’ Kitchen, a gang of Puerto Rican kids bludgeoned to death two white youths they mistook for members of a rival gang. Sixteen-year-old Salvador Agron, who wore a red nurse’s cape, was charged with the murders. For the ears of a horrified nation, Agron yelled like a blood-thirsty predator, "I don’t care if I burn, my mother can watch me hang." The boy was condemned to die, though no traces of blood were found on his dagger. Agron swore to the end he had no recollection of the killings, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s intervention saved him from death row.

In 1998, Paul Simon took a sanitized version of the story to Broadway. When the musical failed, Richard Jacoby, who has spent 25 years working on Agron’s biography, much of it told in Salvador’s own voice, found himself with a doomed manuscript.

Two years later his manuscript Conversations has found a publisher. From this biography we get Agron’s transformation in jail, where he learned to read, write poems, become a political thinker; he took college courses and got involved in prison reform. Jacoby also gives us the aftermath: released after twenty years, unprepared for life outside prison, Agron became a crack addict and died of AIDS. This is no slick tome—Conversation, which achieves a Dreiserian grandeur, has the grainy quality of a black-and-white documentary; it is an epic story about race in America, the tragic legacy of colonialism, and the inhumanity of the prison system.
— Bomb 73
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891305504
  • Publisher: Painted Leaf Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000


    Finally after so many years Salvador's story gets to be told!! Through this book the world can see the injustices that happen in the prison system and how troubled children are just thrown to the side rather than helped. though many will be angry at the fact that it was written by a convicted murderer, there are two sides to every story and this is a side that needed to be told, for Salvador did change in his life and through his words and those of Richard Jacoby, a story of how hatred, racism and the system tried to kill a child that they had created.

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