A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
2/8/1964. Al Nussbaum sentenced to 30 years in prison.
February 8, 1964. A few years earlier, mystery writer Dan Marlowe received the type of phone call most writers only dream of: a fan writing to praise the authenticity of his bankrobber novel The Name of the Game is Death. It wasn't until the FBI showed up at his door that Marlowe found out that the fan was an actual bankrobber, on the Most Wanted List, no less.
Al Nussbaum was captured in 1962 and on this date he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Taking advantage of this enforced hiatus, Nussbaum rehabilitated himself by starting a career as a mystery writer. He was eventually paroled with help from Marlowe and other members of Mystery Writers of America and, after Marlowe suffered a bad stroke, Nussbaum helped him get started writing again.