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The Resource Kingpin : prisoner of the war on drugs, Richard Stratton

Kingpin : prisoner of the war on drugs, Richard Stratton

Label
Kingpin : prisoner of the war on drugs
Title
Kingpin
Title remainder
prisoner of the war on drugs
Statement of responsibility
Richard Stratton
Title variation
King pin
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Captured in the lobby of the Sheraton Senator Hotel at LAX following a fifteen-year run smuggling marijuana and hashish as part of the hippie mafia, Richard Stratton began a new journey. Kingpin tells the story of the eight years that followed, through two federal trials and the underworld of the federal prison system, at a time when it was undergoing unprecedented expansion due to the War on Drugs. Stratton was shipped by bus from LA's notorious Glass House to jails and prisons across the country, a softening process known as diesel therapy. Resisting pressure to falsely implicate his friend and mentor, Norman Mailer, he was convicted in his second trial under the kingpin statute and sentenced to twenty-five years without the possibility of parole. While doing time in prisons from Manhattan's Criminal Hilton to rural Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and New York, he witnessed brutality as well as camaraderie, rampant trafficking of contraband, and crimes by both guards and convicts. He first learned the lessons of survival. Then he learned to prevail, becoming a jailhouse lawyer and winning the reversal of his kingpin sentence and eventual release. Kingpin includes cameos by Norman Mailer, Muhammad Ali, and John Gotti, and an account of the author's friendship with mafia don Joe Stassi, a legendary hitman from the early days of the mob who knew gangsters Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Abe Zwillman and has insights into the killing of Dutch Schultz and the Kennedy assassination. Kingpin is the second volume in Richard Stratton's trilogy, Remembrance of the War on Plants
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Kingpin : prisoner of the war on drugs, Richard Stratton
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956349455
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 289 pages
Isbn
9781628727265
Lccn
2016053991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Ingram
System control number
(OCoLC)956349455
Label
Kingpin : prisoner of the war on drugs, Richard Stratton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956349455
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 289 pages
Isbn
9781628727265
Lccn
2016053991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Ingram
System control number
(OCoLC)956349455

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