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This book collects Abbott's correspondence from prison with Norman Mailer who provides. In a journey that began with Killing for Sport Inside the Minds of Serial Killers I spent some of last year indulging in true crime stories One of the things that Pat Brown does in the book mentioned is make a clear distinction between Psychotics who can be cured or at least managed with drugs and Psychopaths who don't have underlying medical issues but are cold and calculating and have the makings of becoming serial killers if social conditions create them that way Intrigued by one of her stories and by way of a recommendation found in the writings of Dominick Dunne I read The Executioner's Song in which Norman Mailer wrote a nonfiction novel about the killer Gary Gil and his uest to compel the state to enforce his sentence of executionAs the story goes while assembling vast amounts of material into his book Norman Mailer was contacted by Jack Henry Abbott an incarcerated convict who offered to educate the novelist about the real inside workings of penitentiaries and the criminal mind an offer that based upon the intriguing voice of the convict's correspondence Mailer eagerly accepted I found The Executioner's Song to be a bit sterile and bloated but was intrigued by the relationship that Mailer developed with Abbott and was led to In the Belly of the BeastIf half of what Abbott writes is true about sensory deprivation starvation torture and humiliation by prison guards constantcrippling fear of other prisoners and the emasculationinfantilization of the prisoners then it's easy to see his point about how it's the penitentiaries themselves that turn budding psychopaths into full blown murderers I could only console myself that he was writing of a time 40 or years ago and the treatment of prisoners must be improved by now; that I may as well have been reading about a Dickensian workhouse for how removed the situation is from what I assume to be reality todayMailer thought that Abbott a self taught expert on everything from Philosophy to History was a literary genius deserving of another chance in society although to be fair he didn't agree with the killer's Marxist views Lending his weight at a parole hearing and offering a job to the convict Mailer was able to get Abbott released and they were soon gratified to see Abbott's correspondence to the novelist edited into this volume Within six weeks Jack Henry Abbott had killed again and went on the runI suppose that looking into the aftermath of this book has very little to do with what lies between its covers but since Abbott spends most of the book blaming society in general and the penitentiary system in particular for the man he had become it might be instructive to consider as Pat Brown the criminal profiler would to what extent his psychopathic tendencies were at play during the writing of these letters; to what extent the convict was conning the novelist into giving him another chance at freedom and at killingI don't know if it's appropriate to talk about whether I liked this book or not I can't say if I did truly but it is an interesting piece to fit in to my reading journey of late

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In the Belly of the Beast Letters From PrisonAn introduction Abbott was a convict who had served the bulk of his life in various pri. I had never thought about prisons before so the thoughts in this book were completely new I was horrified I guess it's good that despite the overload of human suffering I've read about I am still always shocked at our ability to harm others and other people's ability to persevereI definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a different perspective on our society I would wait to read about Jack Henry Abbott until AFTER you read his storyA few notable passages Abbott spent almost ALL of his life in juvenile penitentiaries and then prisonsCan you imagine how I feel to be treated as a little boy and not as a man And when I was a little boy I was treated as a man and can you imagine what that does to a boy I keep waiting for the years to give me a sense of humor but so far that has evaded me completely And what is so odd about it all is that society has denied me the experience it enjoys or thinks it enjoys The oddity exists in the fact that I cannot know from experience what I have missed so why am I not happy I have been denied the society of others it is as simple as that

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In the Belly of the Beast Letters From Prison Read & download ☆ 2 ✓ This book collects Abbott's correspondence from prison with Norman Mailer who provides an introduction Abbott was a convict who had served the bulk of his life in various prisons across the country The book is a lauded entry in the repertoire ofSons across the country The book is a lauded entry in the repertoire of prison literatu. booo whoo I'm in prison so im gonna whine about it Don't do the crime if you can't do the time A bunch of dribble Gave me a headache and heartburn