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Topic - Joseph Wambaugh
Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired Joseph Wambaugh's true-life crime book "The Onion Field," has died in prison at age 79, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday.
I recently had the opportunity to accompany officers from the Philadelphia Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit South as they raided two drug houses and arrested suspected dealers. Spending the evening with the Philly cops, I was able to witness the twin masks of comedy and tragedy in the street theater that plays out for police officers on every watch.
Mr. Wambaugh said in a 2011 interview with the Associated Press that he visited Powell and Smith in prison when he was writing the book and found that they were fairly intelligent men whose lack of violent histories made their crime inexplicable.
"He said, 'I don't think I'm nearly as physically unattractive as you seem to think I am," Mr. Wambaugh said. "That hurt his vanity."