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Bamboozled An Incarcerated Boxer Goes Undercover For John McCain's Boxing Bill,9781621065852

Bamboozled An Incarcerated Boxer Goes Undercover For John McCain's Boxing Bill

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/3/2013
Publisher(s): Microcosm Pub
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In this introspective exploration of former boxer Joey Torrey's life, his past, his murder conviction, and his more than 30-year incarceration in a California state prison are each fine-tooth combed. Nearly five years after his original memoir, this new edition is re-written as a biography and delves deeper into circumstances surrounding Torrey’s alleged murder of his boxing coach, the lengthy prison sentence handed down, his undercover collaboration with the FBI on “Operation Matchbook” in support of John McCain’s proposed Professional Boxing Amendments Act, and the inner workings of the prison system in general. From his days as a Compton gang leader and an Olympic boxing hopeful to being tried as an adult rather than a 17-year-old minor, this compelling narrative reflects on his life as a parable as well as examining the strategies used in his conviction, such as establishing the motive as robbery despite a lack of evidence linking the opening of safe to the murderer. And after more than three decades as a model prisoner — and saving the life of a prison guard — Torrey has prolifically written hundreds of letters to Joe Biel, who finds himself in the unlikely situation to share this story.

Author Biography

Joey Torrey is serving time in the Mule Creek State Prison for the murder of his boxing manager. He lives in Ione, California. Joe Biel is the author of Beyond the Music and Make a Zine. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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