National Affairs: Death Visits Marquette

On the shore of Lake Superior, cut off from the world by a dense forest, stands Marquette prison, strong, grim, forbidding. In it are confined Michigan's worst criminals—bandits, kidnappers, murderers—for Michigan has no death penalty. Few of them can hope for an early release; many have no hope of ever being allowed to go free. Marquette is a home of desperate men.

Desperation gripped four of Marquette's long-term convicts last week. The week before, a kidnapper, Edward Wiles, had died. His last words, whispered to the prison...

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