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Canon City Prison - Carl Erickson - Carl Erickson

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Carl Erickson arrived in Canon City penitentiary in 1915 already an experienced blacksmith. Like his contemporaries John Cox and Bob Baldwin, he had been convicted of murder and received a life sentence for slaying of his wife, Augusta. Erickson was born in Illinois in the 1860s moving to Denver in 1887. He had a history of alcohol abuse, drunken disorderliness and domestic violence which led to the killing. Carl remained in prison until the 1930s when his voluntary participation in a dangerous TB study earned him a full pardon at age 66.


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