Book Talk: April Moore to discuss Folsom Prison history

Construction on Folsom Prison began in 1878, and the first execution took place fewer than 20 years later on Dec. 13, 1895, when Chin Hane was the first of 93 prisoners executed by hanging. Charles McGuire was the last man hung on Dec. 3, 1937. On Saturday, July 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April Moore, author of “Folsom’s 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison’s Executed Men,” (Craven Street Books, 2013) will be available to answer questions at the Folsom Prison Museum. The story of how Moore came into possession of the mug shots and information about the prisoners is a fascinating one that she’ll likely tell, but it is no more interesting than the stories of each man contained within the book. Published by Craven Street Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing out of Fresno, Calif., Moore’s book is accessible history and noir that doesn’t require reading in a linear fashion. Sectioned chronologically, each part includes background from the time period covered. Wardens and governors are listed chronologically in a short introduction that reminds the reader that luxuries taken for granted today, like electricity and the automobile, were still fairly new at the time of the first hanging. Moore has included the mug shot, date of execution, quotes and the story of each prisoner, numbered 1 through 93. Not only will […]

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Book Talk: April Moore to discuss Folsom Prison history

Construction on Folsom Prison began in 1878, and the first execution took place fewer than 20 years later on Dec. 13, 1895, when Chin Hane was the first of 93 prisoners executed by hanging. Charles McGuire was the last man hung on Dec. 3, 1937. On Saturday, July 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April Moore, author of “Folsom’s 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison’s Executed Men,” (Craven Street Books, 2013) will be available to answer questions at the Folsom Prison Museum. The story of how Moore came into possession of the mug shots and information about the prisoners is a fascinating one that she’ll likely tell, but it is no more interesting than the stories of each man contained within the book. Published by Craven Street Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing out of Fresno, Calif., Moore’s book is accessible history and noir that doesn’t require reading in a linear fashion. Sectioned chronologically, each part includes background from the time period covered. Wardens and governors are listed chronologically in a short introduction that reminds the reader that luxuries taken for granted today, like electricity and the automobile, were still fairly new at the time of the first hanging. Moore has included the mug shot, date of execution, quotes and the story of each prisoner, numbered 1 through 93. Not only will […]

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