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Jack Henry Abbott
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    (January 21, 1944-February 10, 2002)
    Wrote 'In The Belly Of The Beast'
    Sent to juvenile detention centers at age 12
    Arrested for robbery (1963)
    Spent almost entire life in jail
    He only went to school until sixth grade.
    At 16 he was sent to a reform school.
    By age 12, he had already been to two juvenile detention centers.
    He stole checks from a shoe store and cashed them (1963).
    He was arrested and convicted of forgery.
    He stabbed and killed a fellow inmate (1965).
    He escaped from prison (March 13, 1971).
    While free, he held up a bank in Denver, Colorado and made off with thousands of dollars.
    In jail he was considered rebellious, combative, and impossible to control.
    He was often written up on disciplinary charges for drunkenness, assault and destruction of property.
    He had a tattoo of his name on his left hand.
    He was a marxist.
    He was paroled with the help of Norman Mailer (1981).
    Prison psychiatrists believed he was not mentally ready to be released.
    Only six weeks after he was released, he murdered Richard Adan at a New York City restaurant because of an argument over a toilet.
    He committed suicide in jail (February 10, 2002).
    He and Norman Mailer corresponded while he was in prison. Mailer convinced him to publish his letters which was praised by critics.
    Although he did not attend a prison school, he was more intelligent than the average prisoner.
    His mother was a prostitute.

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