Foreign News: Slow Death

For 85 years some of the world's most lurid, blood-curdling "true-story" prison tales have come out of experiences, real and embellished, gained in France's famed penal colony in French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America. Horror stories deluxe have told of men working stark naked in the sizzling tropical jungle, of lust, greed, murder, homosexuality in prison cages crammed with killers, rapists, thieves. Other tales have told of years of maddening isolation in "bear pits" on one of the three Iles du Salut (variously translated as "Safety Isles" and "Isles of Salvation''), ten...

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