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Solitary Survivor

News from Tom, March 12, 2018

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After a long delay (not his fault), I received a letter from Tom with the new photo of him I’ve attached below. He remains cut off from human contact except for the guards who deliver his meals. NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THIS REGARD. The good news is that part of the book he is writing about his life has been typed up and read by Pete Earley, who is also lining up a publisher for the book. I’ll keep you informed as I get more news from Tom.

I have mailed Tom copies of the new website pages and am awaiting his approval of all the material. The delays in our correspondence are more than a little frustrating, but there is nothing that we can do to improve the behaviour of BOP. Bear with us.

So, please leave a comment for Tom or, better yet, write to him directly (see the page with his address). He would like to hear from every visitor.

Tom, March 12, 2018

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5 thoughts on “News from Tom, March 12, 2018

  1. i have contacted thomas twice this year via letter and he always takes time to reply i have also sent him a little money that i hope he gets it via the moneygram system

  2. Hey Tom, Just letting you know I do say a prayer for you every morning along with all the friends and family I have down mostly in the CA state system. Im not gonna sit here and act like I know you, but I will say in my darkest hours, you have given me the strength to carry on. Whether it was when I was strung out on dope or doing another bid, I believe you have served this purpose for alot of men out there. Just wanted to say thank you. I am from the Santa Barbara area and believe I know a woman who knew you as you both grew up in Long Beach. You have had a tough go of it, but you continue to walk upright and strong, I have known many tough men in my day, but none as spiritually tough as you have shown year after year. Have a great day, or the best day you are capable of. Stay strong.!!!!

  3. Looking Good Tom! I just mailed off another letter and sent a little something to help. I would like to mail you a sign painting/lettering book. I will try to see if I can get it approved so that you receive it. Looking forward to getting your letter
    Your friend on the outside
    Doug–

    • Hi, Doug B.
      Thanks 4 your most welcomed post. Kind of u 2 say I’m looking good. I also got your snail mail & will answer soon. I appreciate u wanting 2 send a book. Hopefully u received my last kite by now letting u know that u’re NOT allowed 2 send it directly. That’s 2 e-z ;-( It has 2 come from Amazon &/or the publisher. I’m glad 2 c u’re staying updated w/ r site. I took a break, but hope 2 keep in touch w/those of u who check n from time 2 time & have expressed concern 4 my well-being.
      Take care, my friend,
      Tommy

  4. I’m interested in reading your memoir when it comes out. I believe no harm can be done from it and having the public learn what influenced your life course could actually do us some good.

    I feel I have a limited understanding of the motivations behind your actions. We shared a lot of early life experiences. We are nearly the same age. You lived in Long Beach, I lived in the Valley. We were both in the CYA in the 60’s.

    I toured Cali’s vast prison system in 1969 when I rode the CDC’s prison bus down to LA for court.

    It was impressive ride to say the least.

    So I’ve stood at the edge of the abyss and looked down and not liking what I saw I was determined not to fall into it. But I was destined to visit the deep south’s version which was (although still segregated) an even worse experience.

    I’ve written about my experiences here is a short excerpt:

    “by the time the 1967 “Summer of Love” arrived every peaceful-flower-child that arrived in CDC had a cross to bear. As he walked, bound in his chains, through the cruel gauntlet that is prison, sadistic guards on one side, and leering sexual predators on the other, he may have paused with a tear in his eye to look beyond the ominous watchtowers towards the sky to ask, “Why has thou forsaken me?

    For incarceration is a cruel gauntlet with one side lined with rouge guards and the other with predatory inmates.

    These natural adversaries, both consciously and unconsciously, collude in order to mete out societies punishment.

    Those that have run this cruel gauntlet understand and appreciate what it took to survive it.

    I’ve a lot of questions with little expectation of getting answers.

    For one I have a lot of aches and pains how the hell do you sleep on a concrete slab. I wake up with pain every night on a good mattress and box springs. By the way I recently received photos of the old cells in the CYA they were remodeled to your current standards. Windows were narrowed to slots and beds were on concrete slabs. It seems they liked the decor of your current rooms. Glad I missed that upgrade. Laugh out loud.

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