True stories of prison breaks including those of Frank Abagnale, whose story is told in Catch Me If You Can; Henri Charrière who claimed to have escaped from the supposedly inescapable Devil’s Island – the true story as opposed to his questionable memoir, Papillon; Bud Day, said to be the only US serviceman ever to have escaped to South Vietnam; the six prisoners who escaped from Death Row in Mecklenburg Correctional Center; and Pascal Payeret, the French armed robber who escaped not once, but twice from French prisons with the help of a helicopter.
A variety of true tales of ingenuity, opportunity, and persistence . . . each chronicling larger-than-life, sometimes hard-to-swallow prison escapes . . . Simpson delves into the details and background of each escape, leaving no stone unturned in his attempt to place each episode in context. He presents this series of engaging tales in an accessible, fluid style, and follows every subject to their often untimely end.