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She had been two years old, just on the brink of entering play school, when Tom Jimson had entered Sing Sing for what the newspaper account said would be the last time: “... seven life sentences to run consecutively, with no possibility of parole.”
But in the middle of the 20th century, adverbial way took a sharp turn: way-out was a compound adjective in this 1954 Merriam-Webster citation from a toast recorded in Sing Sing prison: “I’ll make a whole lot of money for you, ’cause hustling’s in my blood, / And because I go for you and think you’re a way-out stud.”
Only two days after he walked out the front door of Sing Sing in Ossining, New York, in 1942 he was tommy-gunned to death at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street, in front of the gothic Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Governor Hunt has deemed it proper to notice in a letter to Senator E. D. Morgan that the case of SNOWDEN, a colored convict and a fugitive slave, recently was pardoned out of the Sing Sing prison.