Sunday, October 1, 2017

Doug Illustrates Escape From Kingston, Ontario Maximum Security Penitentiary

In addition to doing illustration work, starting in the late 1950s, for major textbook publishers in Canada, Doug also did freelance work for a number of magazines, including The Star Weekly Magazine.  

No one had ever escaped from the main cell block at the Kington, Ontario Maximum Security Penitentiary so when inmates Nick Minnelli, Ulysses Lauzon and Mickey McDonald successfully broke out on August 17, 1947, it made headlines across Canada.  

Minnelli was eventually arrested in May 1948, deported back to Canada and returned to the Kingston facility.  He was finally released in 1959 and sold his story of the 1947 escape to newspapers.  Hence, Doug was hired by The Star Weekly Magazine to illustrate Minnelli's account of the "sensational break" in the October 24, 1959 issue.

Lauzon was found dead in Mississippi in July 1948; McDonald was never recaptured and his whereabouts remain unknown.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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