Breakfast with the Devil by Wayne Carlson

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In 1960, 18-year-old Wayne Carlson was convicted for stealing cars, and spent his twenties and thirties in penetentiaries and prisons across Canada and the U.S. But Carlson was no ordinary inmate - what set him apart was his penchant for escaping from captivity. From Saskatchewan to Vermont, Carlson broke out of jail 13 times, making him the most-escaped prisoner in modern North American history. More than just a skillful escape artist, ever since gaining his freedom in 1998, Carlson has become one of Canada's most respected activists for prison reform. He is a member of the Samaritans of Southern Alberta and a founding member of The Prison Sams Program, a group that brings attention to the correlation between prison and suicide. Breakfast with the Devil is both a wild ride with an outlaw and a firsthand look at life behind bars in some of North America's maximum security prisons. But above all else, Carlson's memoir is an amazing tale of one man, driven by his desire for freedom, reaching beyond the realm of the possible. They didn't call him "Houdini" for nothing.

About Wayne Carlson

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Wayne Carlson lives and writes in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has worked at various jobs and most recently could be found driving a cab. Carlson has been published in This Magazine. He was the subject of a documentary feature that aired on CBC's The Fifth Estate. Breakfast with the Devil is Carlson's first book.
Published October 1, 2001 by Idiomatic. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Prisoners escaped even from Marion: Carlson sat out one dramatic escape in which a convict electrician rewired the gate controls a year before the actual jailbreak.

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