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Circa His jobs were to steal and crack safes some accounts also said that he was a pimp , two abilities that put him in the good graces of local mobsters. He briefly ended up in a colony of lepers before trying to sail away into the Gulf of Maracaibo on a makeshift boat. One commandant warned against prisoners who thought of escape. Then you will be severely punished. You will get locked up in solitary. The first attempt will get you two years.
The second attempt will get you five. Once he was out, he navigated shark-infested waters on a raft made of coconuts strung together. In , he landed in Venezuela where he settled down, married, and even earned Venezuelan citizenship, allowing the next chapter of his life to begin. He pumped gas, prospected for gold, and then ran a nightclub. He filled countless volumes with text and sent the manuscripts off to a French publisher. A scene from the film Papillon. French officials pardoned him in , thereby allowing him to live in France again after the statute of limitations expired for his jail escape.
He died on July 29, at the age of At the time of his death, his book had sold more than 5 million copies worldwide — and continues to captivate readers to this day.
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