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October 28, 1993 | Ho, now a student at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, joined his parents, three brothers and a sister in this country. One brother and two sisters are still in Vietnam. and
Loc Thien Ho wrote about his experiences in Vietnam and escape to America as part of a school assignment when he was a junior at Santiago High in Garden Grove. Ho prepared this account with the help of Jesse Cook, a sophomore at Santiago. I was born in Vietnam in 1976. The previous year, on April 30, the North Vietnamese tanks drove into Saigon. Hanoi, the communist capital, quickly imposed a Lenin-Stalinist dictatorship on all of Vietnam. The communist regime began confiscating our property and put my whole family on trial.
June 11, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - There was the leather pouch, crafted in prison, that according to family lore may have contained a message about the escapees' hide-out. There were the flowers, which arrived reliably on special occasions at their childhood home - with no card attached. And when Clarence and John Anglin's mother died in 1978, two men masquerading as women were said to have attended her Florida funeral, despite a swarm of FBI agents nearby. Fifty years after the Anglins joined Frank Lee Morris and slipped away from Alcatraz - the wind-battered federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay - on a raft made of raincoats, tantalizing new morsels trickled out Monday to deepen the enduring mystery of their escape.
May 1, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A 53-year-old wife and mother who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1976 is facing extradition after being arrested at her upscale home in San Diego, officials said Wednesday. Susan Lefevre, sentenced in 1975 to 10 to 20 years in prison on drug charges, was living as Marie Walsh in the Carmel Valley neighborhood, the U.S. marshal's office said. A tipster had alerted Michigan officials to Lefevre's whereabouts. Her identity was confirmed through the thumbprint on her driver's license.
September 30, 2001
I was sad to read that writer Gary Polakovic found the Paradise Cafe "disappointing" ("Santa Barbara, Naturally," Weekend Escape, Sept. 9). I have lived in Santa Barbara for 53 years, and if asked where to go for dinner, I would respond "the Paradise." My wife and I have found no place that compares. ED HERON Santa Barbara
May 5, 2002
Roy Williams states ("Placing Courage in Social Context," letter, May 2) that "the bravery of a suicide bomber is no more in doubt than the bravery of a Sept. 11 hero." This is an insult to the truly brave. Suicide is simply an escape--from real or imagined suffering, from responsibility, from self-loathing or from prosecution for one's actions. It's also forbidden by both the Bible and the Koran. As Williams correctly notes, intentional killing of unarmed, noncombatant civilians is "evil" and considered both a crime and unethical throughout much of the world.
September 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A San Diego woman who escaped from a Michigan prison more than 30 years ago and remade her life as a suburban mother pleaded guilty to escape after a judge said he would give her probation. Susan LeFevre, 53, was in court for a routine hearing on the escape charge. But that changed after the unexpected offer from Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend, defense attorney William Swor said. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. LeFevre must serve at least 5 1/2 years on the drug charge that led to her original sentence before a chance at parole.
July 1, 2005
Re "A Penny Exposes Jail's Weak Points," June 28: When Francisco Puemas used a penny to make his escape from jail you could certainly say that he got his money's worth! Donald J. Crowell Huntington Beach
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