Here's a virtual movie of a dramatised interview with the English Career criminal Robert Allerton. "The Leveling Up of The Wealth" from the 1962 publication "The courage of his convictions". by Tony Parker. Tony Parker was an English author who specialised in interviewing and recording societies outsiders including numerous criminals the text of which he often adapted for his plays and books This is selection from his interview with Robert Allerton,an intelligent,well-read British criminal who had spent a third of his life in jail,the author was attempting to find out why.What began as just another of Parker's many interviews was to become A unique and frank account by a criminal of his life from childhood.
Tony Parker (25 June 1923 - 3 October 1996) was an oral historian whose work was dedicated to giving a voice to British and American society's most marginalised figures, from single mothers to lighthouse keepers to criminals, including murderers.
Born in Stockport, Cheshire, Parker was a conscientious objector during World War II, and directed to work in a coal mine. He moved to London and worked as a publisher's representative at Odhams Press. He campaigned against capital punishment and became very interested in prisons and their occupants, eventually focussing on the experiences of prisoners after release. Tony Parker died in Westleton, Suffolk, having just completed his study of his American counterpart Studs Terkel.
His books comprise lengthy interviews with his various subjects. He does not include his questions. He attempts to record his subjects "without comment or judgement'. He began by specialising in studies of convicted criminals in Britain. His later books took a wider range of subjects: a poor housing estate, a small town in America, post-Communist Russia and the lives of lighthouse-keepers. Anthony Storr described him in 1970 as 'Britain's most expert interviewer, mouthpiece of the inarticulate and counsel for the defence of those whom society has shunned and abandoned'. As Colin Ward wrote in the Independent, Parker's 'own triumphs were the result of his gentleness and modesty, which led the most taciturn or suspicious of people to open up with confidences they would not dream of revealing to more self-assertive questioners'. The anonymous obituarist in the Telegraph stressed that "his real gift was for creating sympathetic silences into which murderers, thugs, child molesters, rapists and baby-batterers could pour their confidences without inhibition". He also wrote plays for television and episodes of Juliet Bravo, The Gentle Touch, Within These Walls, and Crown Court.
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