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Jack Henry Abbott
(American Author)

Date of Birth:
January 21, 1944

Date of Death:
February 10, 2002


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Jack Henry Abbott was an American criminal and author. He was released from prison in 1981 after gaining praise for his writing and being lauded by a number of high-profile literary critics, including author Norman Mailer. Six weeks after his release, however, he fatally knifed a man during an altercation, was convicted of manslaughter and returned to prison, where he committed suicide in 2002.

He was born on a U.S. Army base in Michigan to an American soldier and a Chinese prostitute . Many believe this background and lack of a family structure was the beginning of his problems - dating all the way back to his birth. According to his book, In the Belly of the Beast, he claims to have been in and out of foster care from the moment of his birth until the age of nine, at which point he started "serving long stints in juvenile detention quarters." As a child, Abbott was in trouble with teachers and later with the law, and by the age of 16 was sent to a reform school.

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