CRIME: On Good Behavior

On the night of Nov.11, 1932, ex-Convict Roy Frank Godbey and four pals pulled off a robbery in Ringling, Okla., and bungled it. They got only $9. A few days later Hoodlum Godbey was captured. Prosecutor Earl Pruet, a vigorous and sarcastic lawyer, pointed out to the court that Godbey was a fifth offender, and demanded a stiff sentence for him. Godbey got 35 years, and swore to Pruet: "I'll kill you if it's the last thing I ever do."

For 16 years in prison, Godbey bided his time. Released for good behavior, he headed for Oklahoma City. In the law...

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