The Case Itself and the book BEHIND THE STAIRCASE

I've already shared quite a bit about my case, the tragedy of Kathleen's death, what it did to me and my family, and my eight years in prison in my book, BEHIND THE STAIRCASE.

But, a book is never finished; there is always more to say.

With that in mind, I'll use this website to post stories about prison that are not in the book.  Shortly, I will add five such stories.

Most importantly, I will soon post the entire book for those who cannot buy it (a nominal fee on Amazon where all profits go to charity) for those who cannot access Amazon, or choose not to contribute to charity.

I invite other guest writers to share their thoughts on here, as well.

My Life Then & Now

There has been much sorrow.  But joy, as well. I will tell you all about it in later posts.

 

I spent 7 years writing BEHIND THE STAIRCASE.  Four New York publishers made excellent offers on the book, but withdrew them when faced with a possible lawsuit from my stepdaugher.

 

Unable to publish in the traditional way, I self-published the book on Amazon, with all profits going to charity.

Consequently, I created this website

It has been my greatest pleasure to hear from so many wonderful supporters from around the world.

I hope you join me in this journey, as well.

The Criminal Justice System & Prison

 

The American prison system is terribly flawed; it fails us as a society and on an individual level in so many ways.

Though the overwhelming number of men in prison are releaed, few are rehabilitated, and many come out far worse than they went in.

After 8 years in prison, I received a release check of $55, about 50 Euros.  Without the help of my family and friends, I might have become one of the countless recidivists.

I want to share my experiences and insights gleaned from being locked up for nearly a decade and then on house arrest another 5 years.

BEHIND THE STAIRCASE THE BOOK

From The Author

Most prison writing, movies and TV shows romanticize prisoners, but the vast majority of men in prison belong there because they are bad guys, some worse than you could imagine.

Two million men in America are in prison, yet not one was born to be there.  No infant or child was meant for prison; something bad happened. Once they were children waiting for Santa—that’s the happy picture. In another, it was beyond nightmares, a trash littered, drug infested room where sex of all kinds was practiced.

What brought them to prison--nature or nurture, God or Ghetto—doesn’t matter; they’re there, and while nearly 100% return to society, few return better than when they went in.

My prison stories of violence, gangs, sex, drugs, corrupt guards, and beatings are true; I saw them.  Some are funny, but all are tragic because prison is awful.  It is punishment, yet it rarely improves men. Too often it makes them worse.  Men who go to prison without criminal skills learn them quickly or fall prey to those who have mastered them.

For those who arrive with criminal skills, prison is graduate school where they earn an advanced degree.

I’m going to tell you about those men and the skills they taught me to survive.

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