RARA-AVIS: Death Row Argosy

From: Duane Spurlock ( duane@emazing.com)
Date: 25 Jun 2001

Mike Ashley posted this note to the PulpMags list. Since it has a subject that's on-topic for the Rara-Avis list, and Eddie Bunker comes up for discussion here semi-regularly, I offered to repost it on R-A in the hopes that someone might have some solid info for Mike:

<< From: Mike Ashley < mikeashley@compuserve.com> Subject: Death Row Argosy

Can anyone help me with this?

I've been checking out the autobiog of Eddie Bunker (Mr Blue of Reservoir Dogs) who was for years a prison inmate until he met success as a writer. He says that the moment of truth came for him when the notorious Caryl Chessman, who was on Death Row as the Red Light Bandit, sent Eddie a copy of ARGOSY which had excerpted the first chapter of Chessman's book CELL 2455, DEATH ROW. Chessman's book was published in early 1955 (I think it has a 1954 copyright though), so the question is, which issue of ARGOSY was this? Presumably some time around late 1954/early 1955. Does anyone have that particular issue? It was reading that that made Eddie Bunker realise he could try and become an author.

Mike A.
Feel free to mail Mike directly as well as post here to the list. I'm not familiar with CHessman's book. Anyone here read it?

--Duane Spurlock

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