January 11, 2022
31: The Killer Columnist

There's no denying that It's unusual for a newspaper to give a prison inmate a platform to share commentary and opinions. But that's what The Bakersfield Californian did in the early 1970s. Management at the Californian was s...


There's no denying that It's unusual for a newspaper to give a prison inmate a platform to share commentary and opinions. But that's what The Bakersfield Californian did in the early 1970s.

Management at the Californian was so impressed with Gene Herrington, an inmate at the Tehachapi Correctional Institution, that they regularly featured his writings in their newspaper.

When Herrington was paroled in 1973, he relocated to Bakersfield and then to Shafter and got a job with the County of Kern. Everything seemed like his life was on the right track. That all changed one night in 1976.

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