THE CABINET: Snook v. Snoop

Last year William Larsen, a Department of Justice secret agent, changed his name, on orders from Washington, to Peter Hansen. As Hansen, he secured, in an as-yet-unexplained manner, papers from the U. S. District Court in Detroit, Mich., committing him to the Atlanta Penitentiary for a liquor law violation which he had not committed. Warden John W. Snook received him as any other prisoner.

Immediately "Convict Hansen" began to snoop on Warden Snook, to send out secret reports on the prison to Mrs. Mabel Walker Willebrandt, Assistant Attorney General in charge of U. S. penal institutions (as well as of Prohibition...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!