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Robert Widdowson
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Heaven's Tale: from scientist to kingpin, from fugitive to father a remarkable and inspiring journey

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

For years, I manufactured illegal drugs just like in Breaking Bad. And that’s just the beginning of the story. When I was a scientist at University of Texas at Austin in 1984, a stranger appeared in the library one afternoon, and I soon found myself drawn into a street-world of BMX bikes and psychedelic drugs. I liked it and figured out how to manufacture a legal clone of the drug Ecstasy that I called Heaven. Working with a series of partners, I eventually ended up in Taos, New Mexico, where I produced a 120-pound batch worth more than $18 million. Then the DEA declared Heaven illegal, and I was caught red-handed. After five months in jail, my case was dismissed. I was free to go. But the government appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court where my lawyer predicted that I would lose. Just before the Supreme Court ruling came down and facing fifteen years in prison, I disappeared. I fled to Central America where I assumed a new identity lived as a fugitive. I was also stalked by a mountain lion, shot at by drug dealers, and lived for years in the jungle. And I learned that the key to a good life was to always try to do the right thing. In the end, I faced the ultimate test. Written in the first person, Heaven’s Tale is an unusual and inspiring book. It‘s filled with details on drug manufacturing, scientific experiments, and exciting adventures. It’s also a tale of redemption.