Midnight Express Billy Hayes Turks It Up!
32 years after escape, Hayes returns to Turkey
BY JOHN VALENTI
June 13, 2007, 9:10 PM EDT
The story of his nightmarish incarceration in a Turkish prison and his harrowing escape back to the United States terrified anyone who ever saw the 1978 movie "Midnight Express."
But on Thursday, 32 years after his daring prison escape, William James Hayes -- or Billy Hayes from North Babylon -- is scheduled to be back in Istanbul, Turkey.
Not to serve out the remainder of his state-imposed 30-year sentence for trying to smuggle 4.3 pounds of hashish out of Turkey in 1970, but as a featured guest speaker at the 2nd Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security -- invited at the request of the Turkish National Police. (Click here for the rest)