Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives.
Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz.
This is the true story of life inside America's most notorious prison - from terrifying times in solitary confinement to daily encounters with 'the Birdman', and what really happened during the desperate and deadly 1946 escape attempt.
An untold version of an American story. Could not put this down
This book is amazing! It gives so much insight to a criminals mindset. Gives me a newfound view on who prisoners are and how much we shouldn’t judge them.
I have read several books on Alcatraz.
This is a great read!
Thank you, Mr. Quillen for sharing your story.