Where Ron Launius served federal time from 1974 to 1977:

McNeil Island is an island in western Puget Sound, located just west of Steilacoom, Washington. The federal penitentiary’s most famous inmates were probably Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz,” who was held there from 1909 to 1912; Charles Manson, who was an inmate from 1961 to 1966 for trying to cash a forged government check; and Alvin Karpis, who was an inmate until 1971 for operating as point man for Ma Barker’s gang in the 1930s. Karpis was the only person arrested by J. Edgar Hoover, and was released soon after Hoover died.

A detention center for violent sexual offenders is to remain on the island.

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