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His grandmother’s ghost said he was going to Alcatraz

Mart Meiel, Steve Drown
Mart Meiel at eight years old, when he began to hear his grandmother's voice, and today.

From the series Uncuffed:

When Mart Meiel was a kid, he heard his grandmother’s voice saying he would go to Alcatraz for twice as long as Al Capone. For years, he dismissed the idea. Alcatraz closed down. Then one day, Mart got a clue from an unlikely place.

I never met my grandmother. Years later, my mom told me that she was psychic and could predict when the Russians and the Germans were shelling each other ... As soon as they got out of the house, the shell blew the house to pieces.

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

KALW’s radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.

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