Byrd Slusser from Suttree

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  • 15 Jun 2015 at 3:57 pm #7254

    bud
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    If this has been posted before, my apologies. This is not my photo, but one I found online. You may remember how Byrd Slusser threatened the Country Mouse, hit Suttree, and then got his ass whipped by Callahan in the workhouse. He’s mentioned later on in the novel as well. This picture makes him look like he would give you all you could handle and then some.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-Press-Photo-Michael-Krull-31-Byrd-D-Slusser-28-Fulton-Tower-Escape-/371048605971

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    15 Jun 2015 at 9:26 pm #7257

    wesmorgan
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    I have never seen a photo of Byrd before, but it seems to be the right man given the date of the photo and his reported age. Good find!

    Byrd D. Slusser, Jr. was born on May 30, 1928, to Byrd D. and Josie C. Slusser. He was arrested in Knoxville in July 1951 for unlawfully appropriating a 1948 Chevrolet from the Tennessee Valley Motor Co., and he was charged with Fraudulent Breach of Trust. After multiple trial delays the charges against Slusser were dismissed on October 25, 1952, because by that time he was in the Federal Penitentiary. Slusser died in Knoxville on February 13, 1959, at the age of 31 and is buried in the Solway Methodist Church Cemetery. At the time of his death he was listed in the Knoxville City Directory as living with his parents and working as a carder at Brookside Mills where his father worked for many years. The mention of Byrd’s death in in Suttree (p. 456) at The Huddle in 1955 is an anachronism.


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    15 Jun 2015 at 11:06 pm #7258

    Glass
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    Love this. Mind blown.

    Is the Fulton Tower from which the two men briefly escaped, or attempted to escape, the old jail in Atlanta? Interesting the two men in the photo surrendered after “deputies opened fire on them,” according to the caption in the UPI telephoto. Wow! Wondering now if that jail is referenced or alluded to in any McCarthy books. Maybe TOK? I found an old photo of the Fulton Jail in Atlanta:

    http://album.atlantahistorycenter.com/store/Products/81588-fulton-tower.aspx


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