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In search of a father figure

"Escaping from prison is as American as apple pie," Garrett Brock Trapnell once told a television interviewer. He should know. The black sheep of a distinguished military family (his father was a Navy commander), Trapnell was arrested more than 20 times for robberies and other crimes committed, yet he became so skilled in faking mental illness that he repeatedly got himself hospitalized and then escaped.

Captured after hijacking a TWA airliner for $306,800 ransom in 1972, he was finally sentenced to life imprisonment.

Trapnell did not give up....

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