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From Outlaw to Consultant
Widely known as Captain Crunch, Mr. Draper has had a remarkable career since then. He was arrested and sent to prison for his telephone exploits several times and graduated from phones to computers.
He did the early design from a jail cell for EasyWriter, the word processing program that came with the first I.B.M. PC in 1981.
In the intervening decades he was for a while a millionaire who owned a house in Hawaii. But he has also lost jobs and been homeless more than once. He hacked into computer networks, using some of the same skills he honed on the telephone system. His back was permanently injured in a prison beating in Pennsylvania. He was robbed on a Texas highway where he lost a notebook computer containing the only copy of his autobiography. For years he wandered the world working where he could as a high-tech hobo - including the Goa coast in India, where in 1999 he spent six months coding Web sites for an Indian entrepreneur.