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AS LOYD GROSSMAN MIGHT ASK.. Who would hide in a place like THIS?

Byline: RYAN PARRY

IF Loyd Grossman had cast his critical eye over Saddam Hussein's dingy hideout he'd have reeled in horror.

The two-room shack and nearby hole were a world away from the gold-plated opulence of the tyrant's former homes.

But that's what can happen when gangsters, despots or the persecuted go on the run.

Here we go through the keyhole at some famous hideouts...

r.parry@mirror.co.uk

1

HIDDEN deep in the mountainous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, this messy cave lacks the basics - such as furniture - and could do with more natural light. But clearly, the occupant of this rocky hideout isn't one for unscheduled house calls - especially if they're made by determined Americans.

2

SPACIOUS farmhouse with enough room for a large group of friends to hang out. Limited furniture but the 1920s fireplace is a nice feature. This rural retreat is perfect for expansion by someone who has come into a bit of money. Huge attic is ideal for a model train set.

3

THIS impressive country retreat boasts a sprawling main lodge with nine additional buildings. These include a gun tower, bunkhouse and, somewhat ironically, a jail cell. Set in Wisconsin's picturesque North Woods, near Couderay, the estate's 18-inch thick walls resemble that of Alcatraz.

4

THERE'S enough space in this luxury underground retreat to house the Third Reich. But who could tolerate living in a badly-lit home with 3ft thick walls and permanent Nazi types on the door? The moustache grooming kit could offer some clue as to the late resident's identity.

5

WHITE sandy beaches, glorious sea view and plenty of sunshine - this luxury, two-storey houseboat is surely on America's "Most Wanted" list. This gently bobbing Miami Beach home also has a distinct lack of windows, which helps make it the perfect spot to hide away from the inquisitive authorities.

6

THIS secluded cave is revolutionary in design - surrounded by Cuban stonework and a stunning creek, it could be the launch pad for any social movement. But these delights fail to compensate for that rickety old bed - and there's not even a hat stand. Beret rough.

7

AN attic obscured by a bookcase at the back of a two-storey building in bustling Amsterdam - ideal for a young girl to hide away from her tormentors. The secret annexe offers complete solitude in which to read or, perhaps, write a touching diary. But who could abide that horrible office wallpaper?

soldiers found it last year.

THIS impressive country retreat boasts a sprawling main lodge with nine additional buildings. These include a gun tower, bunkhouse and, somewhat ironically, a jail cell. Set in Wisconsin's picturesque North Woods, near Couderay, the estate's 18-inch thick walls resemble that of Alcatraz.

1. Former cave hideout of al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden. US

2.Hideout of the Great Train Robbers. The gang were rounded up after leaving clues at the Buckinghamshire farmhouse in 1963. 3.Notorious gangster Al Capone had this hideout built in the 1920s

but was later arrested and spent his days in Alcatraz.

4.Adolf Hitler committed suicide in this bunker on April 30, 1945.

when cornered by FBI agents in July 1997.

5.This houseboat was used as a hideout for gay mass killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed designer Versace and four other gay men. But America's most wanted man committed suicide on the boat

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Bergen-Belsen in March 1945.

been converted into a park and shrine.

WHITE sandy beaches, glorious sea view and plenty of sunshine - this luxury, two-storey houseboat is surely on America's "Most Wanted" list. This gently bobbing Miami Beach home also has a distinct lack of windows, which helps make it the perfect spot to hide away from the inquisitive authorities.

6.This cave was Cuban legend Che Guevara's hideout during the Cuban revolution and missile crisis in the early 1960s.It has now

7.Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for more than two years in her father's office premises in Amsterdam. They were eventually arrested by the Germans in 1944 and Anne died at
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