Sunday, February 28, 2010

Starving artist

Last week, Raymond Taylor - serving three consecutive life sentences for attempted murder - "escaped" the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, by posing as a cellmate who was due to be released. Taylor was recaptured the following day in West Virginia...but being Maryland, there is naturally oh-so-much-more to the story, and Taylor's motives for escape, as The Baltimore Sun's Peter Hermann reports:

Taylor had sued a woman on the Eastern Shore named Lavern Jackson for civil damages, claiming she had solicited drawings from him of Shrek and Garfield to sell at a flea market, but then never deposited the promised $685 into his prison bank account...

[From the article "Artwork Suit Set Convict on Path Toward Escape," by Peter Hermann, originally published February 28, 2010, by The Baltimore Sun.]

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