On This Day…..

Timothy Leary Escapes Prison…..

September 12, 1970……

The former educator and LSD advocate Timothy Leary escapes from a California prison and flees to Algeria. He was several months into a ten-year prison sentence for possessing two marijuana “roaches”. He escaped by using a telephone line to climb over the prison wall. He was then smuggled out the prison by the Weathermen, who were paid $25,000 by The Brotherhood of Eternal Love for their assistance. He and his wife then hid out in Argentina, fleeing to Switzerland in 1971. He was arrested by the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in 1972 while traveling in Afghanistan and sent to Folsom Prison and placed in a cell next to Charles Manson. Leary was released from prison in 1976.
During this time, U.S. President Richard Nixon labeled him “The most dangerous man in America”.