From bootlegger to healer

“Prohibition’s Roy Olmstead: The man who no longer exists” October 4, 2011.

Did you catch the PBS series on Prohibition? As the “King of the Puget Sound Bootleggers,” Seattle’s legendary Roy Olmstead made an appearance in the second episode of this three-part series. But there was more to his story after he was arrested and convicted of bootlegging.

When Olmstead was sent to prison in 1928, he used his time in confinement to improve himself. According to Philip Metcalfe, author of Whispering Wires: The tragic Tale of an American Bootlegger, “The man who arrived in 1928 was not the man who departed three years later.”

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