Radio: Hamstrung

Recaptured after his second escape from Mississippi's prison farm at Parchman, lanky ex-Robber William Frank Moody became a model prisoner. At 22, he busied himself with a correspondence course in radio repair, was soon earning pin money in the pen by fixing radios for fellow prisoners. Because his whole attitude suggested reformation, Bill was allowed to wear the vertical striped trousers of a trusty.

With odds & ends picked up for his radio repair work, Trusty Bill eventually put together three short-wave transmitters. He hid two of them near his bunk and one in a tiny guardhouse which trusties used. Then, while...

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