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Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it.

Wednesday, Jul 23 2003

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Had it not been for Kim Brandon, 43, Santos would have probably never gotten another glimpse of his long-ago artwork.

A friend of Santos who used to date one of his sons, Brandon was having her hair done late last year when her San Diego hairdresser told her about a trip he had taken to the Bay Area that included a chance visit to San Quentin. "He was gushing about these fabulous murals, and I couldn't resist telling him, "I know who painted those,'" she says. The episode prompted her to persuade Santos to let her contact prison authorities on his behalf.

She plans to accompany him to the prison reunion. "Are you kidding? I wouldn't miss this for the world."

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