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The Extraordinary Adventure of the Convict which inspired PAPILLON.
René BELBENOIT (born on April 4th, 1899, in Paris, died February 26th, 1959, in Lucerne Valley, is a prisoner and French convict.
It is known to have been imprisoned in the Devil's Island in French Guyana and have escaped from it.
Left to his own as a teenager, he quickly gets acquainted with the justice for small offences and escapes the reform school by enlisting early for his military service in 1918.
In 1921, he is arrested in Nérondes (in the CHER department) for burglary.
Having been convicted of multiple thefts for which he was suspected, René Belbenoit is heavily condemned, in May, 1922, by the Criminal court of Dijon, to 8 years of Hard labor. By virtue of the "doubling rule", this judgment means that beyond the time of hard labor, the condemned person is forced to the deportation for life in French Guyana.
He leaves Saint Martin de Ré's citadel on June 7th, 1923 aboard the cargo boat " MARTINIERE " and lands 14 days later with the status of "transported" in St Laurent du Maroni's penal colony.
After four fruitless escape attempts (by sea to join Trinidad or a country of Central America or by the Amazonian jungle) and a clandestine return in France which costs him three years of additional hard labor (he is sent back in French Guyana by the same cargo boat in 1933 together with Henri CHARRIERE alias "PAPILLON").
1935 THE ESCAPE
He manages in 1935 to succeed in " the Escape ".
He exploits and his description of the life of the convicts are published in 1938 under the title " Dry Guillotine " (Guillotine Seche, a title borrowed from Albert LONDRES, who was a reporter specialising on penal colonies ).