TIMES, SHREVEPORT, LA.
DANGEROUS, BUT PICTURESQUE
The death in Dannemora Prison of Oliver Curtis Perry, one-time train robber, recalls a career that was both violent and dangerous but that at least had the merit of being picturesque.
Perry's last exploit took place in 1892, when he boarded the express car of a train at Lyons, N.Y., overpowered the train crew and took command of the engine. He put on speed and tried to escape, but the police got another engine, chased him and finally overtook him.
Then, taken to court, he was sentenced to prison for "as long as he could see." This unusual sentence apparently stuck in his mind; five years after being imprisoned he tried to pick his eyes out with a needle, hoping thereby to gain freedom. The only result, however, was that he was adjudged insane and put in solitary confinement.
Now it's all over. Perry was never a useful citizen, but he had, at any rate, a picturesque history.