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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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The Road to The Tombs

The Road to The Tombs

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The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

In September 1968, Allen Jones walked for the first time through the doors of Morris High School, the school that he had enrolled in after he failed out of Taft High School. Jones had finished his second year at Taft High School the same way he finished his first: partying, getting high, and selling drugs. However, he had the feeling things were going to be different for him here somehow. The whole school and everyone in it seemed to expect trouble. Jones realized that, yet again, he had stepped into a world that he would need to learn to navigate. He was in a school and a neighborhood where everyone—even the teachers and principal—was street smart, and he would have a much harder time hiding his double life. This chapter further describes Jones's experience leading up to The Tombs—that is what they call the jailhouse down in Manhattan.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, Morris High School, Taft High School, double life, The Tombs, jailhouse, Manhattan

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