Twelve years. Three jailbreaks. One fight for justice.
To some he’s a thief, to others he’s a champion, to most he’s Alfred ‘Houdini’ Hinds, the most prolific jailbreaker in British history. Convicted for a high stakes jewellery robbery to which he pled his innocence, Hinds was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1953.
Contempt of Court is the seemingly improbable story of the next 12 years of Hinds’ life: the fugitive who escaped from three separate high security prisons and spent 248 days on the run; the convict who taught himself law in jail, the man who went on to win a libel suit against his arresting offer and gain a pardon from the court.
Hinds became a media darling and a public fascination but this, finally, is his story in his own words.
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Alfred (Alfie) Hinds was a renowned criminal from the 1950s who was convicted against all the evidence of a burglary from a furniture store and while serving the savage 12-year sentence for a crime he did not commit, ,managed to escape three times from prison before eventually winning libel case against his accuser, a police officer, and receiving a pardon and proving his innocence. Heady stuff indeed and Hinds uses this book to set the record straight. This is a reprint of his memoirs, first published in 1966, and they are still well worth reading as they provide a comprehensive account of how the criminal justice system worked - or rather didn't way back then. Hinds's memory is phenomenal as he apparently recalls verbatim conversations from many years previously but he writes well and with forensic detail and the book is never less than fascinating.