He was then a kid, a driver in a robbery that turned violent. There was a huge manhunt out to get him. It was a headline story in all the tabloids. He claimed he shot no one and turned himself into the Daily News newsroom in New York after he stripped naked and had pictures taken to show he has not been beaten. He used the media to survive certain capture and probably execution.
Armed police surrounded the building. Threats were made. But the paper turned him over in the glare of publicity, and he was not killed or brutalized. He was, however, later convicted on a life sentence on a felony murder charge that said if he took part in the robbery, he could be held accountable for what happened there. He spent years behind bars as a successful prison lawyer.
Stay tuned. There is more to come in this escapade of life emulating the movies. And speaking of movies, what California studio will get the movie rights? Has reality finally outdone the big screen?
News Dissector Danny Schechter blogs at Newsdissector.net and edits Mediachannel.org.
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