Nation: Solo Flight

A spy goes back into the cold

No one ever doubted that inmate 19437-148 had an inventive mind, but officials at the federal prison at Lompoc, Calif, 170 miles north of Los Angeles, had no idea how cleverly he had diagnosed their security system. Shortly after sunset one day last week, the prisoner approached the ten-foot chain-link fence with a pair of wire cutters, a crude ladder he had fashioned and an odd device made of a toothbrush taped to one end of a broom handle. Knowing that any sudden movement of the fence would set off an electric alarm, he propped...

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