An Interview with Author Richard Stratton
The world-renowned novelist Norman Mailer was at the top of the government’s list of targets they wanted me to help them convict and send to prison. Mailer was a dear friend and mentor. He was not involved in my pot trafficking enterprise. But we were very close, we owned property together, he had what the government has termed “guilty knowledge” of how I made my living. Had I wanted to make a deal and implicate Mailer, I could have walked free or done very little time in prison. I chose not to cooperate against Mailer or anyone else. As a result, I was given a lengthy prison sentence: 25 years and six months with no possibility of parole.