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Survival

When the stakes are life and death, you'd be surprised at the lengths you?d go to survive. Pain, hunger, and fear can seem like paralyzing obstacles, but in the face of real danger, they?re actually what keeps us alive. ?Every week, we'll follow a different survivor's visceral and inspiring fight for life, and examine how the trauma impacted them forever. ?These are the stories of what happens when the human self-preservation instinct is pushed to its limit, through the eyes of the world's most resilient survivors. Survival is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.

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Beating the Odds: Reshma Begum

This special five-part series is brought to you by Medical Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like it, subscribe to Medical Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today we?re discussing Reshma Begum, a seamstress in Bangladesh who was pulled out alive from the wreckage of a building?17 days after it collapsed.
2020-05-08
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Beating the Odds: Michael Benson

This special five-part series is brought to you by Medical Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like it, subscribe to Medical Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today we?re discussing Michael Benson, a cameraman who survived a helicopter crash, only to find himself stuck inside a volcano?s crater?for two days.
2020-05-07
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Beating the Odds: José Salvador Alvarenga

This special five-part series is brought to you by Medical Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like it, subscribe to Medical Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today we?re discussing José Salvador Alvarenga, a Salvadoran fisherman who spent over 13 months adrift at sea?and survived.
2020-05-06
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Beating the Odds: Beck Weathers

This special five-part series is brought to you by Medical Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like it, subscribe to Medical Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today we?re discussing Beck Weathers, a Texas pathologist who survived the disastrous 1996 blizzard on Mount Everest...
2020-05-05
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Beating the Odds: Anna Bågenholm

This special five-part series is brought to you by Medical Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like it, subscribe to Medical Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today we?re discussing the story of Anna Bågenholm, whose heart stopped in 1999 after she was trapped in a labyrinth of thick ice for nearly an hour and a half?
2020-05-04
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Crossover Week: Natural Disasters (Potato Famine Pt. 2)

If you enjoy the true stories told in Survival, check out this episode from our series Natural Disasters: By the late 1840s, with no end in sight to the potato famine gripping Ireland and no help coming from the British government, the Irish people were left with few options. Forced to choose between dire workhouses or leaving the country, there was no easy solution to ending their hunger.
2020-04-13
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Crossover Week: Natural Disasters (Potato Famine Pt. 1)

If you enjoy the true stories told in Survival, check out this episode from our series Natural Disasters: In 1845, a fungus destroyed Ireland?s potato crops, leaving the Irish population without its main food source. The first months of the famine morphed into a bureaucratic nightmare.
2020-04-13
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Jan Baalsrud

As a leader in the Norwegian resistance against the Nazis in the 1940s, 25-year-old Jan Baalsrud endured frostbite, gangrene, snow blindness, and starvation while evading capture after his mission was compromised.
2020-01-06
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Best of 2019: The Donner Party Pt. 3

Here?s one of our listeners? most requested episodes of 2019: January 1847. Fed by the remains of their friends and family, the surviving members of the Forlorn Hope managed to get through the snow and reach civilization.
2019-12-30
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Best of 2019: The Donner Party Pt. 2

Here?s one of our listeners? most requested episodes of 2019: Snowed in, and unable to get their wagons over the Sierra Nevadas, the Donner Party set up camp by Truckee Lake and waited for the winter of 1846 to pass.
2019-12-30
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Best of 2019: The Donner Party Pt. 1

Here?s one of our listeners? most requested episodes of 2019: On May 12, 1846, a wagon train set out toward the West Coast of North America. The trip should have taken four months. In the end, it dragged on for a year, exacerbated by bad weather and rapidly dwindling food stores.
2019-12-24
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Brendan McDonough Pt. 2

At 4 P.M. on June 30th, 2013, the Yarnell Hill wildfire in the Arizona mountains spiraled out of control. Brendan McDonough was separated from the rest of his crew, who had come face-to-face with a 3,000-degree firestorm.
2019-12-16
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Brendan McDonough Pt. 1

In 2011, Brendan McDonough joined an elite wildland firefighting crew called the Granite Mountain Hotshots. But no amount of training would prepare him for the horrific 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of his crew.
2019-12-09
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Polaris Crew Pt. 2

After Captain Charles Hall perished under mysterious circumstances in 1871, the crew of the Polaris faced a difficult question: should they continue their mission to the North Pole, or give up and turn tail for America? 
2019-12-02
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Polaris Crew Pt. 1

In 1871, Captain Charles Hall left Brooklyn Harbor, New York with a ship, crew, and a mandate from the US Government: Journey farther North than anyone previously had and plant an American Flag on the North Pole.
2019-11-25
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The Vladimirovichi Pt. 2: Three Brothers

With Kirill now gone to Finland, Boris and Andrei stayed behind to care for their mother. But when a Civil War finally broke out, they too would be forced to flee Russia. But unlike their older brother, their escape would be much more dangerous than they would have ever imagined.
2019-11-18
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The Vladimirovichi Pt. 1: Three Brothers

Before Russia was thrown into turmoil in 1917, a set of Romanov brothers spent their days focused on surviving palace politics. That is until one of the brothers, Kirill Vladimirovich, sensed that having a Romanov last name in Russia during WWI was becoming far too dangerous.
2019-11-11
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Rwanda Pt. 2: The Survivors

As the Rwandan genocide continued to rage, the Tutsis who had survived the initial violence found themselves in more danger than ever. As their killers adopted more sophisticated tactics, the survivors were forced to use increasingly elaborate strategies to make it through each day alive.
2019-11-04
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Rwanda Pt. 1: The Survivors

Central Africa: In the spring of 1994, a paramilitary group called the ?Interahamwe? set about exterminating the Tutsi people?and anyone who sympathized with them. The killing went on for 100 days.
2019-10-28
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Glenn McDole Pt. 2: Palawan?s Last POW

After being taken prisoner in the Philippines in 1942, U.S. Marine Glenn ?Mac? McDole spent 2 horrifying years in a prison camp on the island of Palawan. How would he escape? And how would the United States military react to the atrocities that he and the other prisoners lived through?
2019-10-21
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Glenn McDole Pt. 1: Palawan?s Last POW

December 14, 1944: Japanese soldiers massacre 139 of 150 American POWs. One of the eleven to survive is U.S. Marine Glenn ?Mac? McDole?despite under the most horrifying conditions.
2019-10-14
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Jonathan Kathrein Pt. 2: Great White Attack

For teenage surfer Jonathan Kathrein, another day at the beach turns into the fight for his life as he finds himself in the jaws of a gigantic Great White Shark.
2019-10-07
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Jonathan Kathrein Pt. 1: Great White Attack

On August 26th, 1998, sixteen-year-old Jonathan Kathrein and his best friend Sean set out for a final surf of the summer at Northern California's Bodega Bay. They did not realize that the waters they had chosen placed them right inside The Red Triangle, one of the most heavily shark infested areas in the world. Before the day was done, Jonathan would face a surfers worst nightmare: an up close and personal encounter with the ocean's greatest predator, the great white shark.
2019-09-30
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Joe Simpson Pt. 2: Cutting the Rope

After Joe Simpson's climbing partner cut the rope they had used to lower the injured Joe down the Siula Grande mountain in Peru, Joe fell 150 into an icy crevasse. Now alone on the glacier with a broken leg, Joe must find the strength to pull himself out and traverse five miles back to basecamp; assuming basecamp is still there.
2019-09-23
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Joe Simpson Pt. 1: Into the Crevasse

Siula Grande is a 20,814 foot behemoth that sits along the Peruvian Andes, a challenging ascent for even the most experienced climber. In 1985, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates made the decision to be the first people to scale its West Face. During their descent, their plans went awry and Yates was faced with an impossible decision.
2019-09-16
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The Donner Party Pt. 3: Journey?s End

January 1847. Fed by the remains of their friends and family, the surviving members of the Forlorn Hope managed to get through the snow and reach civilization. But with the Mexican-American war still raging throughout California, able-bodied men and supplies for a rescue are hard to find. Will the scant rescue parties be able to save the Donner Party from their snowbound fate?
2019-09-09
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The Donner Party Pt. 2: Nowhere to Go

Snowed in, and unable to get their wagons over the Sierra Nevadas, the Donner Party set up camp by Truckee Lake and waited for the winter of 1846 to pass. Food stores running low, a handful of able-bodied settlers make one last ditch effort to fetch help. As they wait for rescue, the members of the Donner Party are faced with a horrible decision: When we run out of food, do we cook and eat our dead?
2019-09-02
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The Donner Party Pt. 1: Westward Bound

On May 12, 1846, a wagon train set out toward the West Coast of North America. Lead by George Donner and James F. Reed, these settlers were determined to make their fortune in the wild unclaimed frontier of California. However, the trail they were following was fatally flawed, and a series of mishaps and poor decisions put them far behind schedule, and risked them getting trapped by a bitter winter. Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we take on the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley! Search for The Dark Side Of on Spotify today!
2019-08-26
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Captain Thomas Musgrave Pt. 2: Enslaved

After 18 months on Auckland Island, fighting to survive, Captain Thomas Musgrave came to a desperate conclusion on Christmas Day 1864. They could no longer wait for a rescue ship to appear on the horizon; they had to figure out a way to save themselves.  Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of...Music, we take a look at the Man in Black, Johnny Cash! Give it a listen today on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
2019-08-19
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Captain Thomas Musgrave Pt. 1: Castaway

In November of 1863, Captain Thomas Musgrave led his five-man crew on a search for riches on Campbell Island. Unfortunately, the island had already been ransacked and the men were left empty-handed. Trying to salvage the journey, Musgrave sailed his ship to another island, Auckland, but his ship was wrecked by a terrible storm.  Sponsors! Battlbox - Get a FREE tactical knife when you sign up at TryBattlBox.com/SURVIVAL. Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/SURVIVAL.
2019-08-12
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Hurricane Camille Pt. 2: Seabees and Palm Trees

The terrible storm of August 18th, 1969 utterly devastated the Gulf Coast. However, a coordinated effort from the National Guard, the Seabees, truckers and the federal government returned the area to its former glory. But was the aid distributed fairly, or were marginalized groups ignored?  Parcasters - On tomorrow?s episode of Mythology, we take on the legendary Odyssey, bringing the incredible journey to life! Subscribe to MYTHOLOGY today to hear the most notable stories in human history as you never have before.
2019-08-05
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Hurricane Camille Pt. 1: It's Raining Death

Riding a summer high, the citizens of the Mississippi Coast, also known as the ?Riviera of the South,? never expected that on August 18th, 1969, their community would be destroyed by the most powerful storm ever to hit the United States up to that point.   Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of, we move on from Hollywood and start our exploration of the music industry. Our first episode details the myth of the 27 Club, you won't want to miss it! Subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
2019-07-29
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57th Georgia Regiment Pt. 2: March to Battle

After a year of endless marching and retreating, the 57th Georgia Regiment finally saw their first battle of the Civil War in 1862. They soon learned that the realities of war were much harsher than the glorious scenes they?d dreamed of. Parcasters - Don?t miss all of our special Summer of ?69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ?69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts! Sponsors! Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/SURVIVAL right now!
2019-07-22
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57th Georgia Regiment Pt. 1: Brothers in Arms

When Georgia seceded from the Union in 1861, the Vinson brothers volunteered for service in hopes they would be stationed close to home. When their volunteer brigade was incorporated into the Confederacy?s forces, the course of their lives would be changed forever. Sponsors! BattlBox - Get a FREE tactical knife when you sign up at TryBattlBox.com/SURVIVAL
2019-07-15
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Jeanne Pocius Pt. 2: Aftershock

After a harrowing 24 hours following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Jeanne Pocius was on the verge of exhaustion. But the danger was far from over.  Parcasters - The Red Scare infiltrates the movie industry in our new episodes of The Dark Side Of...Hollywood. Listen now on Spotify, or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
2019-07-08
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Jeanne Pocius Pt. 1: Shaken

In 2010, volunteer music teacher Jeanne Pocius barely survived a massive earthquake that devastated Haiti. Despite zero medical training, Jeanne did everything she could to help her fellow survivors. Parcasters - How do you delegitimize a queen? Ensnare her in a diamond heist, of course! Tune in to GONE this week to hear about the plot to steal Marie Antoinette's diamond necklace. Listen to GONE on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals! 
2019-07-01
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Bob Champion Pt. 2: Back On The Horse

Determined to return to horse racing and compete for Grand Nationals in the early 1980s, Bob pushed himself through two final rounds of chemotherapy. But the pain of the treatment threatened to crush his will to survive. Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of we dig into the trial of Roscoe ?Fatty? Arbuckle, and the media frenzy that followed. You might think you know the story, but the truth is much darker! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast!
2019-06-24
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Bob Champion Pt. 1: A Race Against Time

After his diagnosis in 1979, accomplished jockey Bob Champion went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but his cancer still hadn?t been eradicated. He then had to make a devastating decision: undergo a quick radiation treatment, and lose the lung capacity to ever race again?or push his frail body through more rounds of chemo and fight his way out to the other side. Sponsors! Battlbox - Get a FREE tactical knife when you sign up at TryBattlBox.com/SURVIVAL.
2019-06-17
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Carolyn Maull McKinstry Pt. 2: Injustice

As she climbed through the wreckage of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama, Carolyn was relieved that she and her siblings had all survived. But four of her friends hadn't been so lucky. Parcasters - This week on Assassinations we cover an assassination that altered the course of history by setting off the Second World War. Listen now at parcast.com/assassinations
2019-06-10
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Carolyn Maull McKinstry Pt. 1: 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

A church is meant to be a place of peace, comfort, and community. But when a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, the house of worship turned into a house of horrors for 14-year-old Carolyn Maull. Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SURVIVAL to get three cups FREE in your first box! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/SURVIVAL to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes?and won?t affect your credit!
2019-06-03
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Dr. Stanley Williams Pt. 2: Volcanic Bravery

While the Galeras Volcano was still spewing ash on the afternoon of January 14, 1993, two brave researchers defied all common sense and ventured inside the volcanic crater to rescue their trapped colleagues. Their risky move would lead to the survival of three fellow volcanologists. Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/SURVIVAL to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes?and won?t affect your credit!
2019-05-27
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Dr. Stanley Williams Pt. 1: Volcanologist

Before their research expedition on January 14, 1993, Dr. Stanley Williams told his team of scientists that the Galeras Volcano was ?tranquilo.? But the seismographs were telling a different story.  Parcasters - Did you know that the Parliament of Victoria had a medieval mace in it? Or that it was stolen in 1891? We try to track it down this week on our podcast, GONE! Listen now at parcast.com/gone
2019-05-20
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Helen Klaben & Ralph Flores Pt. 2: Into the Dark

After crashing their plane in February 1963, they remained trapped for five weeks in the Yukon forest. The pilot, Ralph Flores, ventured out to find help, while Helen Klaben stayed behind at the crash site, left alone to face her greatest fear: the dark.  Parcasters - No one does drama like the Romans. Follow the unbelievable story of Emperor Caligula's downfall on this week's episode of Assassinations! Available now at parcast.com/assassinations
2019-05-13
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Helen Klaben & Ralph Flores Pt. 1: Alaskan Adventure

In 1963, an adventurous 21-year-old chartered a cheap private flight from Alaska to San Francisco. Shortly after takeoff, the plane tumbled down into the frozen Yukon Forest. To survive, Helen Klaban would have to weather the subzero temperatures and starvation along with the pilot, Ralph Flores.  Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SURVIVAL to get 3 cups FREE in your first box! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/SURVIVAL to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes?and won?t affect your credit!
2019-05-06
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Violet Jessop Pt. 2: Miss Unsinkable

After narrowly surviving shipwrecks aboard the Olympic and the Titanic, in 1916 Violet Jessop immediately got back to work on the third of the White Star Line's Olympic-class cruisers: the HMHS Britannic. She hoped the third try would be the charm. Unfortunately, she was wrong. Parcasters - Don't know who to trust? Then you'd make a great spy! Check out our most recent episode of Espionage to follow the story of crafty double agent during the second World War. Available not at parcast.com/espionage
2019-04-29
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Violet Jessop Pt. 1: Titanic Tragedy

As passengers of Southampton embarked for the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage in 1912, a crew member commented to a traveler, "God himself could not sink this ship." But a young stewardess named Violet Jessop wasn't so sure. She'd already survived a shipwreck on the Titanic's sister ship, the RMS Olympic - could she be so lucky if disaster struck a second time? Parcasters - The nautical nightmares don't end here, investigate the mysterious fate of the MV Joyita and her crew on today's episode of GONE. Available now at parcast.com/gone
2019-04-22
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Charlie Cusack Pt. 2: Path of Devastation

After it devastated the suburbs of Oklahoma County in 1999, tornado A9 continued to wreak havoc across southern Oklahoma City. Meteorologists' worst fears were realized as the massive cyclone inched closer and closer to the downtown area.  Parcasters - If you haven?t checked out Extraterrestrial, this week is the time to start! Catch up on our Dulce Base episodes now, and follow the riveting investigation of cattle mutilations in New Mexico. Available now at parcast.com/extraterrestrial
2019-04-15
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Charlie Cusack Pt. 1: Tornado Warning

On May 3rd, 1999, the people of southern Oklahoma County would brace themselves and pray, as they were about to have to try and survive the onslaught of the most powerful tornado in recorded history. Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SURVIVAL to get three cups FREE in your first box!  Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/SURVIVAL to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes?and won?t affect your credit!
2019-04-08
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Shin Dong-hyuk Pt. 2: Pressing Ahead

After climbing through the high-voltage fence surrounding Camp 14 in January of 2005, Shin Dong-hyuk was only halfway to freedom. He still had to find his way out of North Korea with no map,  no money, and no experience living in the outside world. Parcasters - Thank you so much for listening to our new show! Have a great start to your week!
2019-04-01
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Shin Dong-hyuk Pt. 1: An Impossible Escape

Born inside of North Korea's Kaechon internment camp, where political prisoners and their descendants are sentenced to lives of starvation, torture, and hard labor; Shin faced a brutal life in confinement with no possibility of release. In 2005, he saw an opportunity to escape.
2019-03-24
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