Lafayette Thomas

LaFayette David Thomas - convicted of "sodomy & manslaughter" and was considered to be an escape risk as he had previously been an army prisoner at Pacific Branch USDB Alcatraz 1926-27 for sodomy and escaped from Fort Mason while on work detail on July 1, 1927. LaFayette was born in Indiana on March 3, 1907. His parents were both from Kansas. On April 5, 1930 he is back in prison, according to the US Federal Census of that year, he is an inmate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He gave his occupation as "Shoe-maker". This may have been his work detail while in prison. He was put into Lower Solitary from January 22 to 25, 1936 for "verbal attacks made to officers". According to graffiti in Alcatraz, he had left his prisoner number "#149" in Cell 51, Cell block A.


Census Records

Bldg 68, Alcatraz Island, United States Penitentiary - April 21, 1940

Name # Description Grade Level Born Location in 1935
THOMAS, Layfayette D. 149-AZ white male, 32, single 8th Indiana same
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