Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Los Angeles, Calif.,
Sept. 8, 1931
Dear. Mr. Neumiller,
I am writing to you again in behalf of my husband, Walter J. Collins, No. 12824, an inmate at Represa, Calif.
I understand that his name appears on the June calendar and that he will be called before the prison board some time this month for a hearing.
I wish that you would consider a parole for him as I really need his support. I am not at all able to work and am solely dependant upon others for a livelihood. Due to worry over my health and conditions in general I spend a great part of my time in bed with nervous breakdowns.
If Walter were released, I am sure that he would be able to secure a position and support me, thus enabling me to regain my health.
I am really destitute, having to rely upon strangers for help. I have a sick sister who is unable to work on account of her health as much as she is willing to help me.
I am writing to you from a humane standpoint and hope that you will just give my husband another chance. I am sure that he will make good. He has been imprisoned for nearly eight years and we both have suffered terribly in that length of time.
I know that should a parole be granted at this meeting I would regain my health and I would certainly be most grateful to you. When a person's health is gone this old world looks very dark and dreary.
Hoping you will give this consideration and thanking you for your previous courtesy, I beg to remain,
Mrs. Walter J. Collins
2614 N. Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.
ps. Please do what you can for Walter.