The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 12, 1954 · Page 2
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, AUGUST It, 1954 Sams Story: Crime to Sobriety (Continued from Page 1) to a large hotel. We lived high, making all the night spots. I was doing okay in my line of work and partying every night. j was in my glory once more until I found out my wife was unfaithful. She and a salesman for the company she worked for framed me, saying I stole some money from him. They prosecuted and after only eight months of freedom, I was sentenced to one year on the county penal farm. I wa* one of the first to enter the new penal farm and the first to saw the bars in wo and escape, after serving 11 months. That was a hell hole then, leg irons and leg chains. One leg chained to the other. I hated everyone and every law officer I saw." I lived to get my freedom. .for I wanted to. hurt everyone that had anything to do with putting me there. During that 11 months, I spent my time building up Hate. * * * WHEN I escaped, I could not go back to the city, so I went to California. Up to this time, (he wat 36) I had been in a iot of jail*— 33 months in the Marines— 32 months in prison—11 months on the penal farm. That left little time-to think. Behind prison walls a person has a hard time thinking of or planning good things. So, after escaping, I said, "Sam, if you don't want to spend the balance of your life behind bars you beter go to work and do right." 3to California I soon found a job with a tire company in the- recapping department. The selling game looked beter so I quit and went to another company. After four months there, - the anager was charged with embezzlement. We were all checked, my past record and stood out like a sore ' thumb. The authorities back home wanted me but I fought extradition and won. Then I met a fine little girl, honest, pure and who knew nothing of life. I wrote my wife and asked for a divorce but found that she had already gotten one. Without thoughts of love or respect, I married the girl and for the next five years her life really took a beating. I lived to hurt and get revenge. With the aid of alcohol I soon became as ' hard as stone and everything I touched turned to money. After a couple of years of seeing how I hurt this faithful and true girl and after a week-end of drinking, I decided to join the church. I tried hard to lead a clean life, but after talking to the preacher and some of the church people I realized that they did not understand my problems. Then I found myself off to the races again. After that, I was never able to quit drinking again. * » * I MADE A lot of money the next year and owned a big Cadillac and all the things that went with it. I met a girl in Hollywood and separated from my wife, it was not long until I was broke and then I took up with every .woman I could talk out of a dime. Then I met a girl that did not take any follishness. I came back south to Alabama i broke and in debt. After working as | a bootlegger I was run out of there ' and in January, 1936,1 went to work for a tire company in the City. In one month I hit the top pay bracket and was making around 52,000 per week. Having the know- how of the recapping business helped a lot. I had all the money I wanted for drink and the high spots. My wife from California still believed in me and hoped one day I would find myself. Finally, I asked her to forgive me and said I would try to live a better life. It was hard to stay home when I was bored and do my drinking a little more on the easy side. FOR THE NEXT year I really hit the bottle. I had plenty of money and a good business and I had nothing to worry about. But I met one of the toughest girls I had ever met. Before I knew what was going on she had me hook, line and sinker. I soon divorced the other girl and started off with this one. It did not take long to loose my job and to get arrested for buying stolen property. It was here that I had completely lost my self respect. She really took me to the bottom. She knew men better than I knew women. (Fortunately for Sam, he was arrested on a minor charge and sentenced to one year in the same penal farm from which he had previously escaped. On the day of his release, he was again drunk before he traveled the 20 miles back to the city. (He went back to the same girl and back into the same business, all the while drinking heavily. Shortly afterward he divorced her and one week later married a woman 22 years his senior. He broke her financially in six months and she went to the penitentiary for embezzling. Without getting a divorce, he married another woman in California. (When the woman he was still married to, got out of prison, she sued for divorce and got $35,000. In the process, he divorced the second woman too. (This was in 1941 and the demand for tires was great. He married another girl and was back in the money.) For three and a half years I was rolling in money and cars and all I could drink. I had to have alcohol to live now. My mind was blank and I found myself with a mean disposition. I shot a big stick as far as my alcohol brain was concerned. I was farming 1,300 acres of land and doing a tire business way up in four figures. I knew I could not last long and I didn't. I lost my big car, my home, my business, my farm, everything. I was on the down grade and I knew it so I poured in more liquor to dull the pain and keep my -rosy visions. » • • TWO AND a half years later Sam was on China Town skid row in. San Francisco. He owned nothing but the clothes on his back. He still was 53,500 in debt, and his last wife had left him. It was at this time that he felt a desire to see his brother again after many years. He came back once again but could not find himself or quit drinking. (One night he met another girl and married her. 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