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* The only woman to ever break out of the Sarasota Florida county jail

 

FLORENCE MUGSHOT JUNE 21, 1955

* 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.

 

BILL GASKELL MUGSHOT 1955

 

* My book about this is called "THE HOUSEWIFE LOVED A BANDIT"
The book is available for purchase now on Create Space Direct
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* My screenplay about this is called "THE HOUSEWIFE LOVED A BANDIT"
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* 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.

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* I think CARLA GUGINOwould be a good choice to play my mother. Yes? No?

 

 

 

Click on the dates to read articles from Florida newspapers, 1954-57
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JUN 12, 1954

 

JUN 17, 1954

 

JUN 17, 1954

 

AUG 1, 1954

 

AUG 3, 1954 (PICTURE)

 

NOV 3, 1954

 

NOV 8, 1954

 

NOV 9, 1954

 

NOV 9, 1954 (PICTURE)

 

NOV 9, 1954 (PICTURE)

 

NOV 9, 1954

 

NOV 25, 1954

 

NOV 29, 1954

 

JAN 19 1955

 

JAN 25, 1955

 

JAN 25, 1955

 

JAN 26, 1955

 

JAN 26, 1955

 

JAN 26, 1955

 

JAN 26, 1955

 

FEB 3 1955

 

FEB 6 1955

 

APR 27, 1955 (PICTURE)

 

MAY 1, 1955

 

MAY 30, 1955

 

MAY 30, 1955

 

MAY 30, 1955 (PICTURE)

 

MAY 31, 1955 (PICTURE ON PAGE 1 AT THE BOTTOM)

 

MAY 31, 1955

 

MAY 31, 1955

 

MAY 31, 1955

 

JUN 1, 1955

 

JUN 9, 1955

 

JUN 10, 1955 (PICTURE PAGE 1)

 

JUN 10, 1955 (PICTURE PAGE 3)

 

JUN 11, 1955 (PICTURE PAGE 1)

 

JUN 11, 1955

 

JUN 13, 1955

 

July 29, 1955

 

Aug 5, 1955

 

OCT 13, 1955

 

Jan 1, 1956

 

January 26, 1955

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, * * *."

 

Jan 24, 1957

 

 

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