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Billy Hayes

AKA William Hayes

Born: 3-Apr-1947
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Hashish smuggler, Midnight Express

Hashish smuggler, whose sentence of four years was extended to life imprisonment when the offense was upgraded from possession to smuggling. He is subject of the infamous movie Midnight Express (1978), though contrary to the screen version, Hayes did not actually kill a guard when escaping from prison, or walk out the door. He escaped using a rowboat and made his way to Greece.

Father: William Hayes, Sr.
Mother: Dorothy
Wife: Wendy

    High School: Seton Hall High School, Patchogue, NY
    University: Marquette University (dropped out 1969)

    Drug Smuggling 1970 (Turkey, Hashish, convicted, life sentence)
    Escaped from Prison 1975

    Cock & Bull Story (15-Feb-2003)

    Nails (25-Jul-1992)
    Defenseless (23-Aug-1991)
    Assassination (9-Jan-1987) · Pritchard Young

Author of books:
Midnight Express (1977, with William Hoffer)

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