The escape of Kevin Simmonds from Sydney’s Long Bay Gaol drew the New South Wales Police into the longest and most publicised manhunt in the state’s history. Seven years later, in 1966, Simmonds was found hanging by the neck in his cell in the intractable wing of Grafton Gaol, a victim of constant physical and emotional battering by prison warders. Kevin grew up during the war years, never far from poverty and often on the fringes of the criminal world. Told by his sister, this is ‘Simmo’s’ life and a telling indictment on the prison system that destroyed him. Illustrated with black and white photographs.