The Breakout King – Carl August Lorentzen

New documentary about the Breakout King – Carl August Lorentzen

The new documentary about the Breakout King Carl August Lorentzen - inspired by the book: The lifestory of the Breakout King Carl August Lorentzen - told by a grandnephew, was broadcasted for the first time the 21st of March 2018 at DR - the the largest Danish Broadcasting Company. A beautiful documentary by Martin Sundstrøm. 30 minute TV about Denmark's most famous escape king. A big congratulations to DR, who enrich Denmark's cultural sphere and let us hope, that the politicians will NOT succeed in cut too much in one of the most important cultural institutions in Denmark. We can not afford that from a present and future perspective, and there is no talk about economy in this cultural breath....

Watch the documentary here (in danish):!/

The documentary is inspired by the book about  Carl August Lorentzen, written by the grandnephew Jan Patrick Skaarup and published Skaarups Forlag

The life story of the danish Breakout King – Carl August Lorentzen

A fascinating report of an incarnate criminal who was not only on the wrong side of the law most of his life. Carl August was also a skilled artist who painted, sketched and cut into wood. Police and co-workers, as well as the population outside the criminal world, called him an intelligent and experienced gentleman with great humor.

The Breakout King - Carl August Lorentzens life story - told by a grand nephew

The Breakout King

One of Denmark's most famous criminals is the Breakout King, Carl August Lorentzen, who impressed the whole country and parts of the world outside the kingdom when the news of his spectacular escape from Horsens State Prison flooded the media in Christmas 1949. The night between 22nd and 23rd December he broke through the last obstacle, the cement floor in the potato cellar in the prison inspector's residence. 11 months of intense and almost inhumane digging was done. A 18-meter tunnel under the prison yard led Carl August into freedom. During the late night hours, while darkness was still over Horsens, Carl August slipped through the hole in the potato cellar and disappeared from prison without being detected. Only later in the morning on the 23rd, when a prison officer wondered that he had not got up, it was up to the staff in prison that Carl August had mysteriously disappeared. Soon after, his escape route and spectacular escape method were revealed. The prison staff were speechless.

The book of Carl August Lorentzen is a novel biographical mosaic, spiced with Carl August's own paintings and crafts, and in addition, various excerpts from police records, letters, memos and other fascinating facts from his exciting life. A life story from his birth on October 11, 1896, until his death in Horsens State Prison on June 1, 1958. Carl August spent most of his adult life in prisons, only for approx. 5 years, he managed to enjoy the freedom outside the prisons. But, his efforts trying to conquer freedom was not so few. A total of 14 times he fled from prisons and educational institutions. The last escape was the escape on December 23, 1949.

Reader review of the book about the Breakout King Carl August Lorentzen

"Hi Jan Patrick

I just finished your book. It is a totally enchanting book. I'm completely upset after having been together with Carl August on all his nightly trips. It is experienced in the book as if you follow him day by day, yes hour by hour.

He was an unusual person, and I think Piet Hein looks right. Carl August could have become a great inventor, like Piet Hein himself. Or maybe a successful researcher. I wonder if the word abandonment and giving up even existed in the Carl August dictionary, I do not think so.

Niels Rod "

Interview on Radio 24/7 with the author Jan P. Skaarup

Interview about Carl August Lorentzen, brought i Radio24/7 den 2oth October 2015 kl. 7.15. PM


The author being interviewed by Anders Lund Madsen, live, on the 6th February 2019

The Danish State Police movie about the Breakout Kings escape in 1949 – the movie was recorded in early 1950

Video presentation of the author, Jan Patrick Skaarup