Bank Robber to Voice: Find My Photo!

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Here at the Voice, like at any newspaper, we regularly receive letters from inmates at jails and prisons. But none in recent memory has been quite like the one we received today from an inmate in Virginia. We'll let the letter speak for itself, and, after the jump, we'll show you what we found when we decided we'd actually look into this prisoner's request...

Greetings:

I was a delegate to the 1976 Democrat National Convention in New York City. I was a rather odd looking member of the otherwise conservative Ohio delegation. My hair reached well below the middle of my back and, although I wore a three-piece suit, I was almost certainly the only one in Madison Square Garden whose tailored suit was made by his wife.

I was approached in the Garden by a rather burly looking man in khakis, carrying several cameras, who ordered me to spit out my gum so he could take my picture. When I asked why, he said, "I'm gonna put you in the Voice."

I complied, he snapped a few photographs and, after we spoke for a few minutes, he left.

A couple of weeks later, the chair of the delegation sent me a copy of the Village Voice. In it was a photograph of me with a caption identifying me as, "Edward Safran, delegate from Ohio, with his three-piece suit and JC hair." Over the following weeks I received at least 50 copies of that paper from friends and relatives around the country.

I have been imprisoned in Virginia for more than 22 years for a failed bank robbery attempt. My possessions now must fit into a rather small box. Consequently, I no longer have access to any of my mementos of the past. I would very much like to have a copy of that photograph to show my daughter, who was only six months old when it ran, that her dad was not always such a loser.

If you could locate the article in your archives, I would gladly pay the cost to reproduce it. I do not remember the exact date, but the convention was in July.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to humor an old man. I look forward anxiously to your reply.

Sincerely,

Edward Safran
Buckingham Correctional Center
Dillwyn, Virginia

And here's what we found after a quick search in our archives:

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And the caption, from page 90 of the July 26, 1976 issue:

"Abner Symons concentrated on portraits of the delegates. His approach was warm and sympathetic, as is his shot of Ohio delegate Ed Safran, in a three-piece suit and J.C. hair."

If anyone knows Edward Safran's daughter, please tell her that her dad is, once again, in the (virtual) pages of the Village Voice -- Tony Ortega, editor

[Each weekday morning, we post an excerpt from another issue of the Voice, going in order from our oldest archives. Visit our Clip Job archive page to see excerpts back to 1956.]

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9 comments
Jeff
Jeff

And yet they have not a clue? Take a good look at this guy here. This is the guy that saved my life from possibly spending the rest of my life in the penetentiary and probably death. Sarah, barring the other snide comments from the extras on here who are enjoying their freedom, I came across this article viewing the crossword's your father submitted. I was sentenced to Life plus fifty (50) years for a crime that I did not commit and later exonerated. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting your father who worked in the law library at the Augusta Correctional Center. We spent many hours in the law library working on my case petitioning the courts on direct appeal and later a Writ of habeas corpus trying to right a gross injustice continuing for eleven long years and Ed never gave up on my case. Because of him I am a free man today. Ed went on to help at least two other guys get out of prison who were also railroaded by Virginia's finest. Sara, trust me when I say you can very well hold your head high and be a very proud daughter to have an esteemed father such as Edward. I realize that while his desperate attempt to save his business led to his demise for freedom, it was a mistake he has had to pay dearly for and sadly the rest of his life if the Virginia Parole Board does not give him a second chance. Apparently, they are more assauging to murderers. The two persons responsible for the murder they pinned on me, well one never did a day and the other is soon to get out after about eight years. Go figure right. In any event, just know that you have a wonderful dad Sarah. He is a life saver and a hero in my book.

Macartneys
Macartneys

This is a wonderful story about a man trying to right the wrongs in his life and also regain respect of his daughter. Very nice.~Megan Macartney

Speller45
Speller45

Hello! My name is Sarah Safran, and Edward Safran is my dad! I love this photo, and although I cannot stop crying my eyes out, I am filled with joy! I have not seen my father since he left for Virginia, and was arrested, over twenty years ago. This picture of him is exactly how I remember him. Thank you for posting it...it means the world to me.

Guest
Guest

Uncalled for!!! Can't you see this man feels awful for choosing the path he did.But most of all his Daughters!Not to many people where he is feels true remorse for anything! I'm sure you have heard "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all"?

woefatcat
woefatcat

That was funny, cold but funny, pete.

peterfeld
peterfeld

Well at least one person who helped nominate Jimmy Carter is being punished! #Udall76

Saddletrout
Saddletrout

Sarah,I knew your family very well when you lived in Knox county.  In fact, I remember when you were born.

Ed was always a good man in my book. He was no loser. He was smart and well read. He was a good father to you and your brother. He talked about you kids constently, and was very proud of you.

I don't know where or how he went wrong, but I know he regrets it. Even though he is in prison, you can be proud to know you have a very intelligent father.

Bruce

 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Ah, come on. Peterfeld's joke was pretty good, actually.

Saddletrout
Saddletrout

Whoops! I meant to spell "constantly" right.

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