Books: Fugitive

DRY GUILLOTINE — René Belbenoit —Button ($3).

Most contemporary tales of Devil's Island and its fugitives are traceable to the career of one man—a diminutive Frenchman named René Belbenoit. In 1927 he supplied Blair Niles with the background material for her best-selling romance, Condemned, to Devil's Island. On May 2, 1935, Rene Belbenoit made his fifth escape from Devil's Island. When he arrived in Los Angeles, two years later, an emaciated, toothless old man of 38, the legends circulated about that sensational escape had made him the best-known fugitive ever to be confined to French Guiana's famed penal colony. With him...

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