“John Doe” Shorty

“John Doe Shorty + Family”. Photos and Records of Prisoners Received, 1875-1939 McNeil Island Penitentiary. RG129, The National Archives and Records Administration, Seattle.

A federal prisoner identification photo including his family? No other McNeil Island federal penitentiary prisoner’s photo depicts family. Who are they? Why was “John Doe Shorty” incarcerated? Arlene, in this work in progress, reveals this true story.