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The prisoner

Many years ago, Prospect's prisoner befriended a moody fellow convict. The convict is now a household name

By Peter Wayne   December 1998

Strange how your past comes back to haunt you. Fifteen years ago, before my temples greyed, I was imprisoned in Albany on the Isle of Wight, serving a four-year stretch for burgling a brigadier’s house near Colchester. In those days, Albany was a dumping ground for recalcitrants. I landed up there after a botched escape attempt from a prison in Suffolk. I stayed on the island for two years without a single visit. It was about this time in my criminal career that, to stop the rot of insanity, I began to write a journal. I’d write down conversations I…

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