Real-Life Bosco Quawntay Adams: Where Is Bosco Now?

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Based on an inspiring true story, the Peacock prison drama film Bosco follows Quawntay Adams, nicknamed Bosco, who fought against all odds to become an inspiration for millions of people out there. While the Peacock film fails to engage its audience for lack of a properly weaved narrative and hook points that could have elevated the drama to another level. The film primarily focuses on Adams, a young man from the streets of Compton who was sent to a high-security prison after being caught by the police for possessing an unlawful amount of marijuana. Some reports suggest that he intended to sell the above-mentioned drugs, but the film speaks otherwise.

It is true that Quawntay Adams’ father had a huge impact on his childhood, and the dark shadows of his old man never let him be at peace. His actions influenced Adams’ actions, which is why the young lad, unaware of social norms, entered the world of crime and was caught at the tender age of 14. As a teenager, Adams was a hot-headed individual, which was perhaps why he got into a fight with a guard at the California Youth Authority, for which he paid a heavy price. He was later sent to St. Clair County Jail in Illinois. The real-life Adams tried to escape from the prison, not once but twice; however, this incident isn’t mentioned in the Peacock film. Throughout his stay in the prison, Adams faced a lot of resistance from the prison guard, and his violent reaction to the same was presented throughout the film. 

However, Adams didn’t get a 35-year sentence for the crimes he had committed in his youth. The real-life incident took place on January 23, 2004, when Adams, along with two other men, were caught in a federal sting operation. The authorities had placed 1,400 pounds of marijuana in a van, which Adams and his friends tried to drive away with. The film presents a similar scene, though it seems unlikely that Adams’ father had any involvement in the entire fiasco. Adams happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, which eventually led to his arrest. He was just 30 years old at the time.

In 2008, the jury found Adams guilty of the charges and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. It is to be noted that the judge and the jury considered Adams’ previous crimes and conviction to arrive at such a judgment, as they believed the man needed to repent for his actions. And because of his previous jailbreak stunts, Adams was placed in a high-security prison in Alton, where 24-hour video surveillance cameras were fitted in every prison cell to keep a close watch on the inmates, yet Adams found his way out. In the film, the names of the prison guards and inmates have been changed to protect their identities.

In Alton, Adams planned his third prison break, as the man was too eager to meet his daughter. He somehow got in possession of a hacksaw blade, which was also presented in the film. Adams figured out a CCTV blind spot and used the flaws to his advantage. He used the sharp weapon to cut a wide hole through the ceiling of his prison cell and found his way into the ventilation chamber. He used a makeshift rope made from shredded blankets and bedsheets to climb down to the ground. In real life, the police never found out how Adams got hold of the sharp blade while the film tries to fill the loose gaps. Additionally, real-life Adams had a pen-pal, a Missouri woman who was looking for a partner. The fictional version of that pen-pal in the film was Tammy. Adams used to write secret messages to her on the back of the postage stamps so as to evade the prying eyes of prison authorities. Adams even rigged the prison phone in order to make free calls to the outside world.

As shown in the film, the real-life Adams made his escape at midnight, where his pen pal was waiting outside Alton City Jail. The duo drove some 50 miles away to Wentzville, where they took shelter in a Budget Inn motel. However, the name of the motel was changed in the film. On the same day, at around 4 a.m. in the morning, the prison guard found out about Adams’ disappearance and quickly raised the alarm, after which the police got into motion to apprehend the suspect before he could disappear from the face of the earth. Adams was found some six hours later, after the police interrogated his pen pal, who, under pressure, spilled the beans and revealed Adams’ whereabouts. Yes, in real life, Adams didn’t feel the necessity to turn himself in; instead, he was caught.

Most likely after his third arrest, Adams understood the fact that he couldn’t keep running from police and break out of prisons his entire life. Living his life as a fugitive wouldn’t give him the means to spend the rest of his days with his daughter peacefully, which is why Adams decided to sort out his life and start afresh. Adams was born again at 30. But the new Adams didn’t have plans to spend the rest of his life behind bars, which is why he started to teach himself the nuances of federal law and became a self-taught lawyer.

It took him some 15 years to realize the fact that a man can move mountains only if he has the willpower to do so. In Adams’ case, he found a loophole in the system that worked in his favor. In January 2020, Adams fired his state-assigned lawyer, took charge of his case, and defended himself in court. He was finally released from prison on July 24, 2020. After some 16 years, he finally met his daughter.

After his release, Adams wrote a memoir to tell his own version of the story, which is titled Chasin’ Freedum and is available on Adams official website. The book became a sensation and caught the eyes of Canadian documentary filmmakers who shot an episode on Adams’ escape in their National Geographic series, Breakout. Adams was featured in season 1, episode 4, titled The Escapist. Through the episode, Adams gained huge popularity and received love and support from across the globe. It made him believe that his inspiring story had the potential to become a feature film, which most likely prompted him to “chase this dream” as well.

As of now, Adams lives a pretty peaceful and content life in Los Angeles, California. He has become a motivational speaker and uses his “lessons from the prisons” to help other inmates and youths who are struggling to find the right path. He is also one of the board members of the I CAN Youth Foundation, through which he tries to help as many individuals as he can. Adams still spends time with his mother and his daughter.


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Shikhar Agrawal
Shikhar Agrawal
I am an Onstage Dramatist and a Screenwriter. I have been working in the Indian Film Industry for the past 12 years, writing dialogues for various films and television shows.

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