Robert E. Burns

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Brooklyn, New York, USA
The movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) was based on Burns' escape from a Georgia chain gang after his conviction for a $5 robbery. Burns was an unemployed Word War One vet from Brooklyn, New York living in a local flophouse when he and a friend decided to rob a grocery store. After his escape he made his way to Chicago where he became a successful $20,000 a-year magazine editor. Ten years later a vengeful wife turned him in to the police after learning of an affair. Read more...