Thursday, March 24, 2005
BEWARE OF POETS
At least if they are also fugitive murderers (thanks to University Diaries for noticing this story; how does she find all this good stuff?).
In Chicago, he is one of the city's most beloved antiwar poets, an author of two books and a congregation leader at a West Side church. But in Massachusetts, he is notorious for executing a clerk at a Saugus clothing store in 1960, aiding in the murder of a Middlesex County jailer in 1961, and then escaping from a Norfolk County correction center in 1985.It seems that life as a fugitive poet may not have been all that enjoyable:
Yesterday, his past and Massachusetts authorities caught up with Norman A. Porter Jr.
Now 65, the man on the ''Most Wanted" list has been living in Chicago for at least a decade as Jacob Jameson. As J.J. Jameson, he has been a frequent performer at Chicago lounges and was named Chicagopoetry.com's poet of the month in March 2004.
Horton said Porter is not married and ''looks like a sick old man who hasn't eaten a good meal in about 10 years."
Horton described Porter's home, a tiny second-floor apartment across the street from the church, as a wreck.
''He was living like a pig," Horton said, adding there was dog feces on the floor and clothes strewn about. ''It was a mess."