AuthorsJulie McSorley &
136 x 210 x 23mm
The crazy true story of an Australian champion athlete who posted himself home, became a drug smuggler and found himself on death row in a Colombian prison
Reg Spiers arrived in England in 1964 as a world-class athlete. He returned to Australia in a box ...ALIVE! And that was only the start of his adventures.
Crazily impulsive, quixotic and free-spirited, Reg became a national hero and hit the international headlines for smuggling himself on a 63-hour, 13,000-mile journey from Heathrow to home. But as his fame and sporting career faded, Reg decided to smuggle something very different. In 1980, he and his five housemates were arrested for conspiracy to import A$1.2 million of cannabis resin into Australia. Rather than face years in prison, Reg and his girlfriend, Annie, went on the run.
A wild trip across India, Africa and Sri Lanka brought high-stakes drama - idyllic beaches and prison hellholes, shady friends and shadier cops, gun-toting militias and gun-running gangsters - and ultimately led Reg to a day of reckoning in a courtroom in Sri Lanka. Travelling on a French passport under the name Patrick Albert Claude Ledoux, he was caught by customs with a shoulder bag containing 1149 grams of heroin. Found guilty and sentenced to death, Reg had to fight for his life. But was that box too big to climb out of?