Canadian author Roger Caron dies at age 73

April 13, 2012, Friday/ 18:03:00/ AP

Canadian author and notorious criminal Roger Caron, who broke out of prison more than a dozen times, has died at age 73.

Cornwall Funeral Home said on Thursday they were handling the funeral arrangements for the writer, who died earlier in the week. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the early 1980s. Caron won one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, the Governor General’s Non-fiction Award, in 1978 for his prison memoir “Go Boy! Memories of a Life Behind Bars.” The book detailed the 24 years Caron spent incarcerated. The Cornwall native was in his 40s at the time and had spent much of his life in prison since beginning his criminal career as a teenager. Quebec media dubbed him “Mad Dog Caron” in the 1960s after a series of bank robberies and prison escapes.

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