By D Dugan
′Mike, a lot, occasionally rot, has been written approximately me. Please carry this, my actual story, to edit and current to a brand new generation, after I and the crooks we′ve uncovered have became to dust.′ Darcy Dugan Written in mystery in the course of his lengthy years in penal complex and smuggled out to maintain it secure from his enemies till now, Bloodhouse is Darcy Dugan′s brutally sincere and gripping tale of his outstanding existence and occasions. in the course of Dugan′s legal career, he pulled off numerous hold-ups however it used to be his bold escapes that captured the public′s mind's eye and earned him the monicker of ′Houdini of the felony system′. considered one of his many recognized escapes happened lower than part an hour after arriving at lengthy Bay, one other after sawing a gap in a relocating criminal tram, yet even Dugan couldn′t crack Grafton Jail, the notorious ′Bloodhouse′, the place he spent eleven torturous years. In all, Dugan...
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Jimmy and I got off with 12 expensive handbags. Six each! We hid our booty overnight in a hole in the ground in a vacant block near Jimmy’s place. Each of us would give Mary six handbags at her home before school in the morning. Even in those days, I must have felt that all was fair in love and war. So I did a pretty awful thing. I wanted Mary all for myself, and I saw here my golden opportunity. The sun was just showing over the rooftops the next morning as I went to our cache alone and took all the handbags.
Jimmy always had chocolates and lollies, new toys and plenty of marbles. His parents were not rich. How, I wanted to know, did he get these things? ‘Easy,’ he grinned. ‘I pinch ’em. ’ After school that day he took me, like a mother hen leading a chick, into a large department store on Parramatta Road, Leichhardt. I think it was Coles. Tensely, fearing being caught, I watched Jimmy adroitly slip two toy cars off a counter and into his pockets. Once he had them, I wanted to bolt from the premises.
You’ve already got two bob,’ Bill said, and laughed. That afternoon, I arrived alone at the bag dealer’s with my 20 sacks, for which I received 6/8. My young friends never found out. The episode embedded in me a sound lesson about selfishness and rewards for sneakiness. Crime, it seemed, paid. I see now that I should have instead been upset, planned vengeance for raped little Tim. It never occurred to us kids in those days to report such a crime to the police. We were somehow sure that the cops — the ‘demons’ — were the enemy.