Birdman: The Many Faces of Robert Stroud
Ariel Vamp Press, 1994 - 327 pages
A genius? A scientist? A sociopath? Known to millions as the "Birdman" of Alcatraz, was he the earnest, warm-hearted "bird doctor" and writer of two books, as portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the 1962 film? Or was he a far more flamboyant and diabolical double-murderer, whose event-filled, tragicomic life converted a 12-year conviction into a 54-year death sentence? Meticulously researched, with never-before-published prison reports and Stroud's own writings, with quotes from prisoners, officers, psychologists and avian pathologists, Birdman explodes the myths surrounding Robert Stroud.--From publisher description.
Alaska Alcatraz Island anthroquinone April asked avian became Becker began Bennett Bergen Biddle bird diseases Bird World Birdman of Alcatraz block BOP Stroud files Bureau of Prisons Burt Lancaster cages called Carnes cell house Clarence Carnes clemency convicts court cure Dahmer death Della Jones Diseases of Canaries Dittrich doctor Dollison E. J. Stroud Elizabeth Elizabeth Stroud escape attempt fact federal prison felt Frank Furman guards Ibid inmate interview isolation Johnston July Kansas City killed later Leavenworth living Logan Looking Outward Madigan Mamie manuscript March Marcus McCartney McNeil Island memo Morton Sobell movie murder never Palmer Pardon Attorney parole petition President prison reports psittacosis Quillen release Robert Stroud segregation sentence septicemia Sobell solitary confinement Special Progress Report Springfield story Stroud letter Stroud wrote Stroud's Digest Swope T.E. Gaddis talk testimony told U.S. Attorney Vincenzi wanted Washington Wilson papers writing