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No Houdini: Life in prison for idiocy, impatience?

Mark DeFriest is self-proclaimed idiot who says he made the Florida criminal justice system "look like idiots" by throwing his life away.  He's half right and half-witted.

Mark DeFriest is self-proclaimed idiot who says he made the Florida criminal justice system “look like idiots” by throwing his life away. He’s half right and half-witted.

Florida inmate Mark DeFriest is a lunkhead who has spent over 35 years in prison due to impatience…and a lot of escapes.

In 1979, he received a 4 year prison term for “stealing” his own property, more or less.  His father’s will left him some tools so he took them — Nobody contests the will deeded the items to DeFriest.  However, being an impatient twit, he took the tools before the will was read.  Therefore, it wasn’t yet his to take.  Thus, the original prison term.

After relocating to a Florida correctional facility, DeFriest  embarked on a mission to escape.  He was successful in 7 of 13 attempts, leading to his moniker the “Prison Houdini.”  Parenthetically,  had Harry Houdini failed nearly half the time as did Inmate DeFriest, his name would have been buried in the ash-heap of history.  Which is to say, DeFriest  is no escape artist — He’s no Houdini. (more…)

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