The Penitentiary

I’ve just started working on the final section of my book, which will be about the Penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island. At first, I wasn’t all that into this section, I’m not a crime buff. But in the course of my research I’ve come across so many interesting stories to tell about what happened in the Penitentiary that now my problem is going to be narrowing it down to just a few.

A lot of famous people ended up in the Penitentiary, and I was going to cover them, but as I posted before, now I’m thinking I should mention them, but I should instead focus on the stories people haven’t heard. The problem with that is, fewer materials have survived. When someone well known gets into trouble not only is more written about it, those materials are saved and preserved. When it’s some poor schlub, they barely get a mention and those materials tend to get thrown away. It’s going to be a lot harder to uncover their stories.

But I love a challenge.

I keep the cat carrier out so the cats aren’t afraid at the sight of it. Bleecker likes to sleep in it because it sits right near one of Finney’s favorite sleeping spots.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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