In the Shadow of Papillon: Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System

In the Shadow of Papillon: Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System

by Frank Kane, John Tilsley

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In the Shadow of Papillon: Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System by Frank Kane, John Tilsley

Following the collapse of his business and the loss of his home, Frank Kane made a catastrophic decision. In desperation, he agreed to smuggle cocaine out of Venezuela. Almost inevitably, he and his girlfriend, Sam, were caught.

The price they paid was a ten-year sentence in the hell of the overcrowded Venezuelan prison system, notorious for corruption and abuse, and rife with weapons and gangs. At one point, Frank was held in the remote El Dorado prison, better known for being the one-time home of Henri Charrière, or Papillon. He witnessed countless murders as gang leaders fought for power, and he had to become as ruthless as his fellow inmates in order to survive. In an attempt to dull the reality of the horrendous conditions, he succumbed to drugs.

After enduring years of systematic beatings by the guards and attempts on his life by inmates, Frank suffered more than one breakdown. He lost over four stone and was riddled with disease, but somehow he found the strength within himself to survive and was eventually released in 2004 after serving over seven years of his sentence. During the long walk back from hell, Frank decided to tell his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780577531
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 11/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 939,925
File size: 784 KB

About the Author

Frank Kane was born in Cheshire in 1953. After many years working in the electrical industry, he started his own electrical wholesale business, which collapsed after 12 years of very successful trading. Since his release from prison, Frank is now settled and working as a lorry driver.

John Tilsley is also the author of Be a Good Boy, Johnny and Nevada Blue. He lives in Cheshire.

Table of Contents


Author's Note 7
Prologue: Four and a Half Years In 9
First Encounter 11
The Interrogators 25
A Glimmer of Hope 45
The Pavilions 63
Running the Gauntlet 85
Armed Response 105
To Touch and Hold 121
Bitter Blows 135
Welcome to Hell 147
The Massacre 167
Aftermath 183
Helter-Skelter 199
Breakdown 217
Breakthrough 235
Too Good to be True 253
The Final Twist 269
Glossary 285

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