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Salvador Agron
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Murderer
    (April 24, 1943-April 22, 1986)
    Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    Member of the Brooklyn street gangs the Mau Maus and the Vampires
    Stabbed two teenagers to death (August 29, 1959)
    Nicknamed 'the Capeman' for wearing a black cape with red lining
    Sentenced to death
    Sentence commuted to life in prison by Governor Nelson Rockefeller (1962)
    Released from prison (November 1, 1979)
    He had mistaken his victims for members of a rival gang, the Norsemen.
    Upon capture, he said, 'I don't care if I burn. My mother could watch me.'
    He broke out of prison months before he was eligible for release (1977).
    At his trial for the escape, he was found not guilty on grounds of 'mental defect.'
    He inspired the Paul Simon musical 'The Capeman,' which lost millions of dollars and closed after three months on Broadway (1998).
    At 16, he became the youngest person on death row in America.
    Among the people who campaigned to have his sentence reduced was Robert Young, Sr., the father of one of his victims.
    While in prison, he became a born again Christian, learned to read and write, earned a high school equivalency diploma and then a bachelor's degree in sociology.
    After his release, he worked as a youth counselor and spoke out against gang violence.

Credit: C. Fishel


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