Outlaw Mom Pens Memoir, Tells Story on 'Oprah' Today
What happens when you escape from a Michigan prison, flee to California, reject your criminal ways in order to settle into a nice home life, and are then rearrested 30 years later?
You get a book deal, of course! This is America. And that's exactly what happened to one Marie Walsh, née Susan LeFevre, who fled the Detroit House of Corrections in 1976 after serving 13 months of a ten-year sentence for a heroin deal. After her escape, Walsh moved to San Diego where she married, had three children and lived for 32 years without disclosing her past to anyone -- including her family -- before she was found by authorities in 2008, and forced to finish 13 more months of jail time back in Michigan.
Walsh has now written her memoirs, and will be trotting them out on the likes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today, according to the Associated Press. Not that we begrudge her that, and not that we think drug laws are necessarily all fair in this country to begin with.
So, more power to her, we guess. And hopefully after this media storm, she can go on to live as she likes:
"I'm gonna do this for a short time, then I want to be left alone," she said.