* The only woman to ever break out of the Sarasota Florida county jail
* The number one crime story in Sarasota in 1955
* In November, 1953, Mom left the family and ran away with her boyfriend William Howard (Bill) Gaskell. At the time, we lived in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood at 5400 S. Ridgewood court. They embarked on a coast-to-coast armed robbery spree, suspected in 15 separate incidents from Oak Park, IL to Los Angeles CA and back to Miami FL.
* My book about this is called "THE HOUSEWIFE LOVED A BANDIT"
The book is available for purchase now on Create Space Direct Here is the link.
* My screenplay about this is called "THE HOUSEWIFE LOVED A BANDIT" If you are a producer and want to see the screenplay, send an email for more info!
* The story was highlighted on Mother's day, May 8, 2011, in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. The staff writer, Billy Cox, interviewed me, Bill Gaskell's ex-wife and my sister to tell the inside story of my search for my mother's past. It is titled "THE MYSTERIES OF MA FLO" Click here to read the story from the Sarasota Herald Tribune website. (Use your browser BACK button to return here)
* I think CARLA GUGINOwould be a good choice to play my mother. Yes? No?
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Florida Case Law
LONG v. STATE, 92 So.2d 259 (Fla. 1957)January 23, 1957.
On January 26, 1955 an information was filed by
William M. Smiley, State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida
for Sarasota County, prosecuting for the State of Florida in the County of Sarasota,
containing allegations "that Dewey Long late of the County and State aforesaid,
on the 21st day of January the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-five,
in the county and state aforesaid did unlawfully and feloniously convey into a
cell block of the Sarasota County Jail, a place of confinement, an instrument,
to-wit: a piece of wood, commonly referred to as a 2 X 4, which was a thing
useful to aid a prisoner in making her escape, * * *."