8 Jan 2010

'FACEBOOK FUGITIVE' - A FILM JUST WAITING TO BE MADE.

Have you ever read a book, a magazine or newspaper article or perhaps just heard a story from a friend and thought "Yeah, that will be made into a film at some point"? I couldn't help but feel this way about the following article. It's a film just waiting to be made as after all, in a strange way, it's quite funny (right?) and, perhaps more importantly, it 'stars' a man who I'm sure many would view as an 'anti-hero' something we, the English as a nation, tend to admire in a grudging sort of way.

"You'll have a laugh with me," he promised on his Facebook page. "But it will end in tears, it always does." It hasn't yet, though.

Despite being on the run from the low-security Hollesley Bay prison in Suffolk (an institution so escape-prone it's known locally as Holiday Bay), Craig 'Lazie' Lynch, a convicted burglar nearing the end of a seven year sentence, has managed to "have bundles of fun on the ice in me motor", celebrate Christmas with tinsel and roast turkey, watch the New Year's Eve firework display in London - all the while keeping police (and a growing army of followers) informed of his progress via updates on the social networking site.

Not even Facebook's closure of his personal page on New Year's Eve could keep him quiet for long. According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Lynch has now resurfaced on the site as one Maximus Justice, posting on some of the 20-plus Facebook groups dedicated to him.

Lynch's fame has spread as far as America, where country singer Kent Crawford has written a Youtube song in his honour. But life as a digital-age fugitive isn't all laughs. "I hate moving, it does my head in all the ducking and diving."

- A shortened version of an article by Jon Henley reporting in the Guardian. For the full article click HERE but be warned one or two expletives are used.

And to hear the song by Kent Crawford as mentioned in the article click HERE but I must once again warn you that though the song contains no offensive language some of the comments left do. Oh and one more thing, not quite accurate, there is no such thing as bounty hunting police here in the UK.

12 comments:

Rob Innis said...

All the crazies will be at it - see this as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrlSkU0TFLs

Heather said...

I"m just sitting here shaking my head in wonder.

chitra said...

Is he a real person or made up story to get attention.

....Petty Witter said...

No I'm afraid he's all too real Chitra.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Yes, I read the same thing here!
These "Open-Prisons" are more like Holiday Camps than a punishment! It's the criminals that seen to get all the rewards while the victims are left to live their lives haunted by them!

Christiejolu said...

We had a guy a kid really here in the US who was a burglar and the police couldn't capture him. He did the same thing, made a facbook following his every robbery. He would take pics of himself with the people he robbed camera. He actually stole and crashed an airplane! He had thousands of followers. They called him robin hood or something silly like that.

Myne Whitman said...

This can't be for real is it? Hmmm...SMH...

Kelly said...

I think you're right..... This will end up as a "made for TV" movie or something.

MOLLYC said...

Just when you think you have heard everything! I hate watching the news, but I love the news that you feature. xoxo

Jenners said...

Thanks for the new idea on how to use my Facebook page!

....Petty Witter said...

How mysterious Jenners.

Lydia said...

Oh my! You hit the nail on the head! That would be a great movie. Sounds kind of like the Tom Hanks/Leonardo DiCaprio movie Catch me if you can! Except Leo wouldn't have been able to evade capture as he did in this day and age. Yes, an anti-hero.