Excerpt about the expose from Pierre Salinger's "P.S. A Memoir"

Excerpt about the expose from Pierre Salinger's "P.S. A Memoir"

Author: 
Pierre Salinger

Pierre Salinger's memoir, in which he recalls his undercover investigation of the California penal system for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Book Excerpt: 
"When the meeting was over, I went to see Pat Brown, with whom I had developed a professional rapport based on the Holman series and other stories. I said, 'The public must become aware of this situation, but I don't think covering this meeting and writing about it is the way to do it. I think I ought to get myself arrested and thrown in a couple of these places, and then, if they're as bad as you say they are, I can write about it from the inside.' Attorney General Brown gave me a funny look, then said, 'Fine, I'll set it up.' Several days later, Pat Brown called me into his office and said, 'Here's how it will work. One week from next Friday, you're going to get arrested in Stockton at one in the morning. Five or six days before that, stop shaving. Start looking a little weird. Then go to Stockton, and three hours before you're to be arrested, go to a bar and start drinking beer. At twelve-thirty-nine, walk down Main Avenue to the hotel, and you'll see a brown four-door Hudson parked on the street. It will be unlocked. Crawl in the backseat and go to sleep, and that's where you'll be arrested. 'Then, when you appear before the judge, be sure you insult him.' 'Why?' I asked innocently. 'So that he'll be sure to throw you in jail.' "As part of the plan, I got a new identity. Pierre Emil George Salinger became Peter Emil Flick. (For what it's worth, my new last name in French and minus the k, means 'cop.'"
Publisher / Publication: 
Year of Publication: 
Tue, 1995-01-10
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City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
MacMillan: A Thomas Dunne book