Religion: Bitter Thweatt

What manner of soul has Al Capone, only he and his Lord know. In the Terminal Island prison in San Pedro Bay, California (whither he was transferred last January), the nation's most notorious criminal attends Roman Catholic Mass, confesses his sins regularly. But, like most prisoners, who will do anything to get out of their cells, he also attends Protestant and Christian Science services. Last month a Baptist minister thought he saw a chance for Al Capone's soul, and plucked it forthrightly. The Rev. Silas A. Thweatt (rhymes with "bleat") of San Pedro, detailed for a service at the prison for...

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