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  • A twenty year old man, a man who believes he has become a victim of the justice system

  • in the U.S., wants out.

  • In the psych ward where he's been placed, he bides his time until he sees his chance

  • to get into a medical cabinet.

  • This man has no problem picking lockshe'll pick many locks for many years to come.

  • Inside that cabinet is a bottle of the extremely potent psychotropic substance called LSD.

  • He takes a bottle of that, and again, when the time is right, he sneaks into the staffroom

  • and pours the entire bottle into a pot of boiling coffee.

  • The ingoing and outgoing staff are all going to get a hit, a hit that you could callheroic”.

  • In his own words, the man later said, “The plan was when all these people were freaked

  • out enough, I was going to pick the locks and go.”

  • The few aides and staff on the ward between them unwittingly took acid to the amount of

  • around 100 tabs.

  • Perhaps you're not the type of person who knows much about things like LSD, but let

  • us tell you, 100 tabs between a handful of people would have caused them to hallucinate

  • wildly.

  • The plan didn't exactly go how that guy wanted it to go...far from it.

  • Not long after after those coffees were drunk, one aide was down in the basement watching

  • the clothes dryer spin around and around.

  • His pupils were now large black simmering disks; he stared at that spinning drum and

  • he just lost his mind.

  • The machine became his mortal enemy.

  • The aide screamed at the dryerhe threw punches at it, kicked it, while upstairs on

  • the ward people were tripping out of their minds.

  • One of the female psychiatric doctors didn't seem to know where she was,or who she was.

  • She was seen madly dancing up and down the ward and in a sexually suggestive way, informing

  • the shocked inmates about how deliriously hot she was feeling.

  • The scene was a phantasmagoria of horror and comedy, but during all that utter madness

  • the plotter and executor of that communal trip could not make his escape.

  • Security was soon called, and the staff were taken some place to come down from their mega-trip…a

  • clothes dryer had been ripped apart, and in one man's eyes, defeated.

  • Welcome to the life of Mark DeFriest, theHoudini of Florida”, a masterful escape

  • artist, a veritable genius who just couldn't find his way in life.

  • A life that from the outside might look part-comedy, but in reality his life sentence on this Earth

  • has been filled mostly with devastating tragedy.

  • Mark was born in 1960 and grew up with his father and stepmom.

  • His father had served during the Second World War in the OSS, an organization that would

  • later evolve into the CIA.

  • Father and son were close, and the former imparted his vast knowledge to the latter.

  • This would serve Mark well in his many prison escapes.

  • But the child was differentsome say he was a savant...

  • most others now say he was a high functioning autistic and still is today.

  • Mark didn't understand much about the world and didn't socialize much with other kids.

  • He spent most of his time by himself and he despised school.

  • They moved him to a disciplinary boy's school to temper the child's waywardness, but he

  • ran awaysomething he would keep doing his entire life.

  • All he really wanted to do was take things apart and put them back together again.

  • At the back of the house there was a workshop, something Mark would later call his Frankenstein's

  • lab.

  • There he would mess around with chemicals... blowing himself up on two occasions.

  • He would rewire appliances, take apart clocks, all with the skill and dexterity of a seasoned

  • expert.

  • His life fell apart when he was 19.

  • His father died, and knowing what Mark loved the most, he bequeathed all his tools to him.

  • This was the start of the beginning of tragedy, because Mark, not really knowing how wills

  • worked, took the tools before that will had been probated...that just means made valid.

  • His cold and stony stepmother, a woman who had never cared for Mark, called the cops.

  • Those cops chased Mark down one night, and on seeing those flashing lights, this young

  • man who didn't quite get how things worked in society, fled on foot.

  • He had no idea why those cops were after him.

  • He had no idea about how wills were supposed to be dealt with.

  • He was arrested and charged with theft, and also got a charge for being in possession

  • of a weapon.

  • Next came jail.

  • This just didn't seem fair to the young man, a guy that thought he'd taken what

  • was rightly his.

  • One day after bible study class, he and the other inmates were being led back to their

  • cells when some men just started running for it, heading to the razor wire fence.

  • None of them got over, but Mark knew exactly how to scale such a fence because his father

  • had once taught him how it could be done.

  • Mark then hot-wired a car, hit the road, and settled in a motel for the night.

  • This was his problem.

  • He understood the technical aspects related to escape, but he didn't have the nous,

  • the worldliness, the social intellect, to evade the authorities for long.

  • He got six more charges after that.

  • He went back to jail, where he was jumped by 14 inmates who didn't quite understand

  • this weird kid who didn't fit in but wasn't afraid to talk back to them.

  • Those 14 so-called tough guys beat him badly and sexually abused him.

  • After that, Mark slit his wrists...he hit his head against the cell doorhe screamed

  • and shouted all day long, and soon he was taken to that psyche ward where he would spike

  • a coffee pot with an entire bottle of LSD.

  • The prison system and the justice system thought what they had was an unruly kid who'd been

  • lucky to get over a razor wire fence.

  • They didn't much like the inmate.

  • He was troublesome; he used bad language, and he would often not do as he was told.

  • For that, over the years Mark would be beaten time and again by the guards.

  • He had to escape; that's all he ever thought about.

  • You have to see, in his mind, a mind that worked differently from most people's, he'd

  • only taken his father's tools, and those tools had been given to him.

  • The escapes, to Mark's reasoning, were not crimes, but the right thing to do.

  • He was in fact just being very rational: Tools=mine.

  • Imprisonment=wrong.

  • Escape=right.

  • One day he was asked if he'd like to join the new woodwork and arts and crafts activity.

  • Of course he would.

  • This was a guy that was brilliant at making things, but when Mark saw rolled up copper

  • sheets, the first thing that came to his mind was, “They really mustn't want me to stay.”

  • That's because what he saw in the workshop were all the necessary bits and pieces to

  • fashion a homemade gun, aka, a zip gun.

  • With the copper he made the gun barrel and then he fixed that to a homemade pistol grip.

  • When he had the gun ready the next thing he did was steal an icepick and take that back

  • to his cell.

  • He took that spike and ripped out one of his back teeth.

  • With blood streaming from his mouth, he called a nurse and he was rushed to the psych ward

  • prison hospital, albeit in handcuffs and leg chains.

  • The dentist knew right away that this was an act of self-mutilation, and that's what

  • he added to his report.

  • After seeing the dentist, Mark asked if he could go for a pee.

  • In the bathroom he picked his locks again and produced his homemade gun.

  • Pointing his zip gun at the guards he shouted, “Anybody move and I'll blow your brains

  • out.”

  • Some inmates at that ward, perhaps not in good mental shape, started jumping around

  • screaming.

  • Mark shot a table just to prove to them his gun actually worked.

  • After that he was gone again, out of the door and running through the nearby woods.

  • But again, he just didn't quite know how to stay out.

  • He stole yet another car but was soon caught.

  • He was now making the headlines of local news media, but the prison system, they were starting

  • to get pretty mad at this kid.

  • He'd had his chances.

  • Now they wanted him to suffer.

  • And suffer he did.

  • In jail, while the authorities tried to figure out if this kid was mentally fit to stand

  • trial, they kept him locked down for 24 hours a day.

  • Was he fit to stand trial?

  • Four psychiatrists said no, no way, he's mentally illthis man doesn't know what

  • is right or wrong.

  • Sure, he understands the court system and he's not raving madin fact, he's obviously

  • very talented, but still, he doesn't know why he's here at all.

  • He should not stand trial.

  • One man said that wasn't the case, calling Mark a malingerer, meaning someone pretending

  • to be mentally unwell.

  • That same man decades years later changed his mind.

  • That didn't help the 20-year old Mark, who was sent back to jail.

  • There he made another gun, an improved version of his last zip gun, even though for this

  • one he had had to use an empty roll of toothpaste.

  • “I was in my gunsmith phase…I could make a gun out of anything,” Mark would later

  • recall.

  • This time he threatened the guards and just to make sure the gun was working, he fired

  • it at a wall.

  • It was working alright, and many other inmates saw that Mark had not shot anywhere near the

  • guards.

  • But enough was enough.

  • The guards beat Mark within an inch of his life and forced him into a pitch black cell,

  • naked, bruised and broken.

  • After 11 days of that, he took a plea deal without really knowing what a plea deal was.

  • For firing at that wall, he was convicted of attempted murder.

  • Later, he was sent to the Florida State Prison, a prison that at the time was said to be totally

  • ungovernable, a prison where violence and murder was commonplace.

  • No inmate in the U.S. ever wanted to end up there.

  • It confined the so-called worst of the worst, but as prisons go, it was the worst of the

  • worst.

  • Mark was still occasionally unrulyhe still didn't really understand the prison system,

  • or the prison code.

  • He was beaten severely by both guards and inmates on many occasions, and so he started

  • making homemade weapons.

  • When they were found, he went back into the hole.

  • His solitary confinement was often a life of total isolation.

  • The order given by the prison authorities was no clothes for the prisoner; no mattress

  • or sheets.

  • Conversation with anyone was prohibited, which included prison trustees.

  • He was given no toiletries, no tissues, no toothpaste or soap.

  • They turned the water off in his cell at times and he couldn't even flush the toilet.

  • He had to eat with his hands, and in the total darkness.

  • The torture and humiliation was later compared to what happened at Guantanamo Bay.

  • He had to live in silence and darkness, naked, like a trapped animal, and if that's not

  • cruel and unusual punishment, then what is?

  • His punishment was nothing short of Medieval, inarguably a form of modern day torture.

  • The prison put him on a consolidated security list, so when he wasn't in total darkness,

  • he still wasn't allowed out of his cell.

  • In his own words, he said, “You can go 2,3,4,5,6,7 years without ever seeing the yard.”

  • In total, he had ten years of requests to see the sun and they were all denied.

  • But he still caught sight of the guards, and what he would do is study their keys.

  • After examining them he'd memorize the cuts in the keys and then make his own set out

  • of paper.

  • “I made keys for every lock in America,” he said many years later.

  • Did he ever get to use them?

  • Well, Mark attempted to escape 13 times in all and he was successful 7 times.

  • One time he scaled the fence and broke both his feet.

  • He somehow managed to hot-wire a truck, ram a police roadblock, and then after a high-speed

  • chase he ended up driving the truck into someone's living room.

  • They were really upset,” he later said, about the people whose house he had driven

  • into.

  • He's had hundreds of disciplinary reports, but he's never hurt anyone else.

  • They were usually for minor infractions, or for being found with weapons he was keeping

  • to protect himself in the ultra-violent places where he was housed.

  • His story became public and the majority of the public now say this is a man who has some

  • mental issues who has been chewed up by the prison system, right from the first year when

  • he was brutally beaten and sexually abused by a gang of inmates.

  • He was paroled on February 5th 2019 on the condition that he spend a year in a mental-health

  • and substance-abuse center.

  • Over the years, he'd developed dependencies on the many drugs he received in prison.

  • After only a few days he started showing signs ofbipolar maniaand his kidneys were

  • failing him.

  • He also tested positive for methamphetamine.

  • Mark was subsequently sent back to jail and from what we can see, he is now waiting to

  • see which prison he'll be sent to.

  • It's now 40 years since he drove off with his deceased father's tools.

  • 27 years of those years have been spent in solitary confinement, either with the absence

  • of the sun, or in total darkness.

  • Now go watch this video, “The Most Insane Ways Men Escaped from Prisonor this watch

  • videoWhy Prisoner Proven Innocent Can't Be Released.”

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