A Tale Of Two Lives - The Susan Lefevre Fugitive Story
Marie S. Walsh
On Sale: March 24, 2011
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As a wife, mother, and community activist, Susan LeFevre
stood to lose everything – her life, her family, and her
reputation. As a falsely accused drug lord, escaped convict,
and hunted felon from the Michigan Department of Correction,
incarceration was never far from her consciousness. Sent to
prison at age 19 on a minor drug offense—a 10-to-20-year
sentence after she’d been promised probation—Susan Marie
LeFevre chose to escape the life she’d been dealt and begin
a new one. She married, raised three children, volunteered
for charity events and played tennis and bridge with her
many friends and neighbors—all the while carrying the secret
of her past. Not even her husband knew who she really was.
The explosive story of her capture played out in the news,
usually with the headline starting "Fugitive Mom..." as she
became a voiceless pawn shuttling across country on a
prison-bound bus back to the confines of Michigan’s
notoriously cruel penitentiary system. In this riveting new
autobiography, Marie Walsh aka Susan LeFevre’s story begins
in the fractious, idealistic 70s, delves into the world of
drugs and touches on church scandal, race relations and a
corrupt judicial system. Readers will experience the
headiness of that all-consuming first love, the humiliation
of squatting naked in a jail cell, the friendships—and
enmities—forged by necessity among prison women. And
finally, readers will understand the price one pays in
trying to escape the past and the lessons to be learned by
confronting it. Her parallel worlds were forever intertwined
as the country witnessed it played out in courtrooms, news
media and before public officials who ultimately decided her
fate. Two lives – one story.
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