IN FOR LIFE
Down on his luck during the Great Depression, Runyon turned to robbing banks. He was caught, and given a life sentence at the Fort. The book provides an extraordinary view of crime and prison through the convict’s eyes during the 1930s through the early 1950s.
Among episodes Runyon covers:
- Runyon’s life as a bank robber during the Great Depression.
- Ivan Sullivan, one of the Fort’s most infamous inmates — and his escape, murderous return to The Fort, capture, and execution
- The monotony of prison life
- His unvarnished portraits of ISP Wardens, including Percy Lainson
- Runyon’s own escape and flight from Fort Madison until his capture in Fort Dodge
- His solitary confinement after his return to the Fort.
Runyon died in 1957 at the age of 51, four years after publication of In For Life.