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 grew to become to dust.′ Darcy Dugan Written in mystery in the course of his lengthy years in detention center and smuggled out to maintain it secure from his enemies until eventually now, Bloodhouse is Darcy Dugan′s brutally sincere and gripping tale of his notable lifestyles and occasions. in the course of Dugan′s legal career, he pulled off numerous hold-ups however it was once his bold escapes that captured the public′s mind's eye and earned him the monicker of ′Houdini of the felony system′. one in all his many recognized escapes happened under part an hour after arriving at lengthy Bay, one other after sawing a gap in a relocating legal 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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Relations with him ended. He went on to be a state member of parliament. It was my tenth appearance in the Children’s Court. This time, with 97 convictions, mostly for stealing, I had no escape from justice. Actually, I had committed fewer than half of those crimes. When the police were confident of a conviction, it was convenient for them to charge you with similar offences committed recently in the same district. That way, their books were cleared. Ironically, though, I found out too late that a few young men were convicted of crimes I was guilty of.
We were somehow sure that the cops — the ‘demons’ — were the enemy. When we confronted them in the street, they usually called us dirty little rats. And perhaps we were. 2 I was nearly 15 when, one afternoon, an usherette admitted me free to see a movie because I gave her a make-up case I had stolen from a store. The following week, a new film showing, I was back with a bottle of perfume for her. Again I went in free. She told me she would buy, for half the retail price, any quality cosmetics I could nick.
Oh, I just picked it up. But I can get a lot more good new things, too. ’ she teased. Masking annoyance at being called ‘kid’, I grinned awkwardly. ’ The madam said I could call her Tilly — Tilly Devine. Heck, I had heard of her. She was Sydney’s queen of vice. This was one of about 20 of her brothels. What a lucky stroke it was, me walking up to the madam of madams! Tilly put an arm around my shoulder and took me into the brothel. A small knot of men standing across the street looked over, chuckling.