Turkey Pete Cell Number 1

At age forty, Paul "Turkey Pete" Eitner was sentenced to life in prison for murder in 1918. As a model prisoner, he was assigned to tend the prison turkeys. But as the years passed, reality slipped away from him. One day a man stopped to admire the turkeys, and Eitner sold the man the entire prison flock for 25 cents each. This ended Eitner's farming days, but marked the beginning of a new career as an "entrepreneur and philanthropist".

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The prison administration humored Eitner and allowed inmates to print him checks in the prison print shop.

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He "purchased" the prison and proceeded to run it. He paid all the prison expenses and wrote checks to the guards for their salaries.

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He saved Brazil's coffee crop, sold pink alligators, purchased alfalfa seed from Poncho Villa, sold grasshopper legs to Fidel Castro, and sold ships to the Navy.

When Turkey Pete died in 1967 at age 89, his cell was retired and converted into a barbershop. His funeral was the only one ever held within the walls of the prison.