The Wicked John Goode by Horace Winthrop Scandlin (Heathen Edition)

The Wicked John Goode

Spine #44
Horace Winthrop Scandlin
First Edition
March 1917
Heathen Edition
May 7, 2023
Heathen Genera
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". . . I was taken over the New York Central to Sing Sing to serve my last 'bit.' The fact that I was going to ‘stir’ didn’t disturb me. I felt no shame or remorse over that. Nor did I regret the act for which I had been sent away. My friends had deserted me, the old 'pull,' which had safeguarded me so many times, had been withdrawn, and I was sore. I wanted to get even.

"One by one the big events in my life passed in review before my eyes. I saw my mother and my father. I saw the Judge who drove me out of St. Louis as a boy. I saw the 'screws' and keepers who had mauled and beaten me in all the different places where I had done time. And then I saw my wife in her poverty and anguish of heart. All emotion, all feeling of right, all honor, were buried in me. Buried under years of dissipation and sin, buried so completely that I was as vicious and heartless a man as ever lived."

Horace Winthrop Scandlin (1880-1948), who claimed to have neither art training nor formal education, was a multi-award-winning photographer, journalist, and editor who took an especial interest in the convicts of New York during the era of reformer Thomas Mott Osborne’s “new penology.” While working as the associate editor of the Christian Herald, Scandlin met, heard, and serialized the powerful true story of “wicked” John Gordon Goode (1864–1934), whose 40-year career of robbery, rustling, gambling, drinking, and pickpocketing began at age 11 and ended — while employed as a New York City police officer! — with a conviction and sentence to Sing Sing for grand larceny. And then, while John Goode was at his lowest, he heard a calling from the Highest and vowed to become better than his name — evolving into a renowned leader of New York City’s legendary Bowery Mission in the process.

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