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Folsom’s 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison’s Executed Men
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join author and illustrator April Moore for a reading, discussion, and signing of “Folsom’s 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison’s Executed Men.”
Thursday, July 25th
Modern Times Bookstore
Ninety-three men were hanged at California’s Folsom State Prison from 1895 to 1937, when executions were transferred to the gas chamber at San Quentin. Folsom’s 93 is the first book to tell all of their stories, recounting long-forgotten tales of murder and swift justice, or, sometimes, swift injustice that hanged an innocent man.
Based on a treasury of historical information that has been hidden from the public for nearly 70 years, Folsom’s 93 presents the full stories of these 93 executed men — their origins, their crimes, the investigations that brought them to justice, their trials, and their deaths at the gallows. This wealth of previously unpublished historical detail gives a vivid view of the sociology of early 20th century crime and prison life.
Sometime in the 1940s, author April Moore’s great-great-uncle, a professional gambler and bookie, visited Folsom Prison to collect a debt from a prisoner, and somehow “acquired” a box of 93 mug shots and prisoner dossiers, along with an anonymous 40-page typescript history of Folsom Prison 1858 to 1943. These records stayed with Moore’s family, resting in a closet for nearly 70 years. Folsom’s 93 brings this invaluable historical record to the public for the very first time, preserving unique historical knowledge that would otherwise be lost forever.