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Thompson, Leon “Whitey” – “Unfinished Tattoo, The” – [Afour Records]

Cousin Mary   11/29/2011   A Library, CD

Leon “Whitey” Thompson did time at Alcatraz from 1958 to 1962. This interview was produced by a National Park Service employee and others and is accompanied by a guitar background. Thompson, while not sounding intellectual or well educated, is a very articulate story teller. One is left with a feeling that he is genuine and listening to this spoken word is riveting. Accounts include arrival at Alcatraz, an escape, his MO for robbing banks, and his release.

After his release from Alcatraz, Thompson landed back in prison again (San Quentin) but married after he left there, leaving behind his life of crime. He died in 2005.

PGM: Language on Track 9, one word at 1:23 (minus 9:19).

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