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Robert Stroud
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    (January 18, 1890-November 21, 1963)
    Born in Seattle, Washington
    Convicted of manslaughter for killing a man who allegedly raped his girlfriend
    Served time at McNeil Island, Washington (1909-12); Leavenworth, Kansas (1912-42); Alcatraz, California (1942-59); and the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri (1959-63)
    Wrote ‘Stroud’s Digest on the Diseases of Birds’
    Known as the Birdman of Alcatraz
    He was transferred to Leavenworth after stabbing an inmate who was involved with him in a narcotics smuggling ring and assaulting a hospital orderly who reported on the ring to the prison administration.
    He fatally stabbed guard Andrew Turner (March 26, 1916).
    He was sent to Alcatraz after it was discovered that he had been distilling alcohol from birdseed.
    His nickname was inaccurate since he was not allowed to keep birds at Alcatraz.
    His father was an abusive alcoholic.
    Despite having only a third-grade education, he became a self-taught expert on bird diseases.
    He developed a treatment for avian hemorrhagic septicemia.
    J. Edgar Hoover bought as a gift for his mother one of the canaries Stroud raised.

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