As Melvin settled into his new life and routine, he became increasingly curious about the deep reasons for his fate.
He was sharing his cell with a tall African American Muslim man who was towering him and many others with his strong and determined presence.
Melvin wrote to me that one incident happened very early on that set the tone for the rest of his time behind bars.
A young man came to Melvin and taunted him, trying to provoke him to fight. For many obvious reasons, Melvin refused to engage the young man. As retribution, the young man stole Melvin's book, in the open, for everyone to see, as to say, "my rules!"
Melvin's cellmate, the tall African American Muslim man, stood up and grabbed the young convict and pinned him to the wall saying, "I don't like no one messing with Doc".
From that moment, no one messed with Melvin.
However, Melvin was baffled as to why this young man would steal his books. So he tried to approach him...
And that's when it all began... What you perceive becomes reality... Find out what happened next in the two attached letters.
As usual, read my letter to Melvin here
And read Melvin's letter to me here