I was reading the classified personals one day and saw a picture of this charming 75-year old man with a dashing white mustache. He was a federal prisoner (they have to disclose that) and under his picture it simply said, “I have a story. Want to read it?”
Well, that is all it took for me to write to him. We corresponded back and forth a few times. He told me about his manuscript of a book that he wrote, one hour at a time because that is how long he was allowed to use the typewriter in prison. I told him I could scan his manuscript into digital form and have a publisher look at it.
He could only mail me as much as would fit in a standard business envelope, so it took a while before I had it in its totality. Once I had it, it wasn’t easy. The manuscript went through the scanner, but there were many scanner errors that I had to correct. Then I sent it to him in total, and he made revisions and sent me about ten pages at a time.
His unique story was indeed worth everything it took me to get it into print and published. His book, Operation White Terror, is a masterpiece of character development and true crime. In fact, the story was the reason he was in prison for 24 years.
He has a story. Want to read it?