Velma West After Her Capture, 1939


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Velma West After Her Capture, 1939

Seven years into her sentence, Velma was told by a parole board that she would spend the rest of her life in prison. Seeing her health failing, Velma West joined with three other prisoners to escape the reformatory for one last adventure in 1939. On the run for 36 days, Velma and her companions hitchhiked to Texas. Velma was apprehended in Dallas and returned to the prison in Marysville.

Photograph courtesy of Cleveland State University Special Collections


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