Robert Franklin Stroud, aka The Birdman of Alcatraz was born in Seattle, Washington on January 28, 1890. In 1909 while living in Juneau, Alaska he murdered Charlie Dahmer. He was transferred from Alaska to Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1912. The Stroud biographer, Thomas E. Gaddis documents the artist's challenges during his penitentiary life.
Stroud was a self-taught artist using correspondence courses. An artist from Trinidad, Colorado sent Stroud art lessons by mail. She corresponded via the art lessons to keep his mind occupied, while he waited on death roll. The president of the United States commuted Stroud's death sentence.
Now that his life was reinstated Stroud wanted to be produc
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