While his bird-rearing days had long-since ceased at Leavenworth Penitentiary, Robert Stroud was forever dubbed “Birdman of Alcatraz.” A decidedly violent inmate, Stroud found peace with his birds and in correspondence. This 1954 handwritten letter was composed entirely by Stroud during the latter portion of his time at Alcatraz. Penned on both sides of a lined sheet, the letter is signed by Stroud (black ballpoint, “9” strength) at the conclusion. LOA from John Reznikoff, American Archives. This item has a reserve (estimated value $200-$600).
The letter is dated “Nov. 21, 1954” (exactly nine years prior to the date of Stroud’s death) and has content regarding a fellow inmate, a priest and a warden.