I wasn’t always the upstanding citizen I try to be these days.
In fact, the photo of the prison above is where I used to live! Here’s the whole story….
Back in 2008, I found myself caught up in the drug world. After a narrow escape from DEA and Korean authorities, the Thailand police arrested and eventually convicted me of manufacturing and distribution of MDMA (ecstasy) a club drug.
As a result, homes for me had ominous-sounding titles, like the one above, lovingly called the Bangkok Hilton, in central Thailand.
Thanks to a generous Thai prison authority, they made it possible for me to travel all over the country, something like a grand tour of prison facilities. After just five years, I am “proud” to say I’d enjoyed extended stays in the following prisons:
- Bombat Prison
- Song Kla Prison
- Bangkok Remand Prison
- Klong Prem Prison
The Hilton was the best. In practical terms, this means it was the most corrupt.
To give you an illustration, here’s a video which I shot rather nervously back in 2010 or 2011 of the “home” outside my cell, where my “family” and I grew vegetables, enjoyed prison brew and had fish fry Sundays and bar-b-que pork and chicken dinners.
I was lucky. My original charges would have sunk me for 104 years…
Actually I was beyond lucky.
I got out in less than six. What’s beyond comprehension, even for me, the man who did it, is how I got out of prison — how I “escaped,” 22 years early. That’s the story I tell, as often as I can. That said, prison was a great opportunity for me. I used my time there wisely.
I didn’t serve time–I made the time serve me.
These days, as a free man: able to build companies, buy real estate, get married and live a life, “reborn” here in America, my story is truly, one in a billion.
Occasionally I can be persuaded to speak about the escape I conjured with copywriting, some 22 years before my Life Sentence was up. Inquire about Speaking here.