Famous Prison Breaks

Famous Prison Breaks

Pascal Payette: escaped from prison three times with the help of a helicopter!

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Pascal Payette, or Kalashnikov Pat, was jailed for murder during a robbery of a collector’s car. In 2001, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and since that time he managed to escape from prison three times using a helicopter! The last time, in 2007, the hijacked, half an hour earlier, landed on the roof of the prison from a Cannes resort, along with a helicopter pilot, from which three of his seriously armed accomplices jumped out in search of Piet. He flew off the roof with accomplices in masks. On the Mediterranean coast, they let the pilot go and since then no one has heard anything about Pascal or his associates.

John Dillinger: escaped from prison with a fake pistol made of wood and painted with shoe polish in black

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The legendary Johnny D, who by the way was played by his namesake Johnny Depp in a recent Hollywood premiere, an American bank robber of the 30s, robbed at least a couple of dozen banks and escaped from prison twice.Dillinger spent some time in a prison in the city of Michigan, Indiana, until he was conditionally released in 1933. After 4 months, he was again imprisoned - this time in Lima, Ohio, from where his armed gang rescued him, killing the jailer, Sheriff Jessie Serber. Most of the gang was captured in the same year in Tucson, Arizona, during an exchange of fire in the Historic Congress Hotel. Dillinger was imprisoned in Lake County, Indiana Crown Point. He was accused of attempting to assassinate police officer William O’Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana, carried out almost immediately after Dillinger escaped from prison.

On March 3, 1934, Johnny D escaped from Crown Point (the prison from which at the time it was considered impossible to escape), which was guarded by a huge number of police and military personnel of their national guard. News immediately appeared in the newspapers that Dillinger had escaped from prison with a fake pistol made of wood and black-colored with shoe polish. With the help of this pistol, he forced the guard to open the door of his cell, then took two hostages, gathered all the guards in his cell and locked them, and calmly got out of prison.

Alfie Hinds: ran away from the law three times, once just locking the guards in the toilet

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Alfie Hinds is a British man who repeatedly escaped from the law, three times in total. For the fourth time, he was released from prison legally, completely serving his entire term. The glory of the famous thief was fixed to Hinds - by the way his father actually died, being punished for armed robbery. In 1953, Alfie Hines was arrested for a loud robbery of a jewelry store, 90 thousand dollars of the proceeds from which were never returned. In court, he pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. After Alfie somehow inexplicably escaped from behind closed doors and a 6-meter prison wall, the public dubbed him Goodini Hinds (in honor of the famous magician and illusionist). He led an honest lifestyle as a builder and decorator, until in 1956, Scotland Yard detectives finally tracked him down and put him in jail again, after 248 days of searching. After his arrest, Hinds turned the law against the authorities, accusing the jailers of illegal arrest, and successfully used this incident to escape from the courthouse.When two guards escorted him to the toilet and removed the handcuffs from him so that he could handle his affairs - he shoved them into the toilet and locked the padlock outside (accomplices had previously inserted a wooden screw with a rod bent into the door in the door so that he could do it). Hinds was caught at the airport only a few hours later. He carried out his third escape from Helmsford Prison. After that, he returned to Ireland, where he lived and worked as a salesman for two years. Once again, he was seized when he was stopped by a police officer for driving in an unregistered car. This time, he also used his mind to find a loophole in the law - at that time they did not consider a jailbreak a misdemeanor, so no additional time was added to him. So Alfie Hinds was sentenced to 6 years in prison for jewelry robbery in 1953, plus he won a libel suit against the policeman who had arrested him, and after being released he spent the rest of his life as a mini-celebrity, selling his story to News of the News World for $ 40,000.

Julian Shothard: escaped from prison, clinging to the bottom of the van, which brought him to prison

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In 2009, the French arsonist Julian Shothard escaped from prison in a bold and brazen manner. He managed to escape from a group of prisoners who had just arrived at Pentonville Prison in north London. While the other prisoners were passing inside, Shothard managed to dive for the prison wagon, which he had just brought them from the Shersbrook Royal Court building (where Shotard was sentenced to seven years in prison). Julian successfully left prison several minutes later, clinging to the bottom of the same van. He later went to the police himself and surrendered to the authorities.

Frank Morris, Clarence and John Englin are the only prisoners who managed to escape from Alcatraz

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For 29 years of operation, the Alcatraz prison has tried to escape from it many times. According to prison records, there were a total of 14 escape attempts, in which 36 prisoners were involved (two of whom were twice), 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during the escape, three were lost at sea and no one heard about them - their bodies were never found

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But on June 11, 1962, Frank Morris, with his brothers John and Clarence of England, successfully completed one of the most intricate escape plans ever developed.Morris and England climbed up the ventilation shaft and through one of the chimneys climbed onto the roof. The trio then went down the roof and swam off the island on rubber rafts. The next morning, the police looked for fugitives in Alcatraz, but to no avail.

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The head of the prison explained that the prisoners weren’t missed right away because they had placed fake heads made of dared soap, toilet paper and real hair on their beds, and this fooled the prison staff who were conducting night inspections. Morris and the England brothers later disappeared without a trace and are still being sought by the FBI, although they are believed to have drowned in San Francisco Bay, trying to sail from the island.

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Billy Hayes: escaped from a Turkish prison and became a writer

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Sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison for drug smuggling in 1970, the 22-year-old American was initially sentenced to four years and two months in a Turkish prison; a couple of weeks before the end of the term, he learned that the authorities decided to sentence him to life imprisonment, so he decided that he should run away. After 6 months of planning, he had a fight with a security guard, stole his uniform, and, taking with him $ 2,000, which his father smuggled into prison in an album with photos, Hayes stole a rowboat and got to the shore with it.Hayes hoping to reach Greece, Hayes dyed his blond hair black and moved to the border. Barefoot, hungry and without a passport, he swam across the river and walked many miles. When Hayes finally ran into an armed soldier, Billy thought that he had lost his chance for freedom, but the soldier shouted at him in Greek, which meant that he had crossed the border. Eventually, Hayes returned safely to the United States, and then wrote an autobiographical book for the Midnight Express (Midnight Express) about his life in prison and his escape from there.

Texas Seven: Escaped from prison with the highest level of protection, using an extremely well-researched plan.

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On December 13, 2000, seven inmates of the John Connally Unit - the most guarded prison in Texas' Karnes County - escaped using a complex scheme. Using several well-planned tricks, seven criminals defused and locked up nine prison guards, four correctional institution employees, and three prisoners who were not involved in the escape plan. The escape occurred during the quietest period of the day, when monitoring the maintenance site was minimized - during lunch and during the survey.Most of these tricks involved one of the criminals calling out to someone, while the other beat the unsuspecting person behind his head. As soon as the victim was rendered harmless, the criminals took away part of the clothes, tied them up and locked them in the transformer room. The attackers stole the clothes, credit cards, and identity cards of their victims. The group also telephoned itself for the prison staff and made false calls to remove suspicion from the authorities. After that, three members of the group in stolen civilian clothes made their way to the rear gates of the prison. They presented themselves as electricians who had to install video monitors. One guard in the gatehouse was disarmed, after which the trio raided the guard tower and stole many weapons. In the meantime, four other criminals called the guards of this very tower to distract them. Then they stole a service pickup truck, which they drove to the back gate, took their comrades and left the prison. A year later, they were all tracked down and caught, thanks to the television show America's Most Wanted.

Prisoners of the “Rat Hell”: the most famous (and successful) escape during the American Civil War

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Libby Prison Break was one of the most famous (and successful) prison escapes during the American Civil War. On the night of February 9-10, 1864, over 100 imprisoned Union soldiers escaped from a prisoner of war building built at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. Of the 109 fugitives, 59 people reached the borders of the Union, 48 were returned, two were drowned in the nearby James River. Prisoners dug a tunnel from the basement of the prison grounds outside. This was not an easy task, as Libby’s basement was dark and infested with parasites known to men as the “Hell rats,” but after seventeen days of digging they reached a nearby tobacco warehouse. The officers escaped from prison in groups of two and three at night on February 9, 1864. Once, prisoners of war gathered in a warehouse area enclosed by a wall and simply walked outside the gate. The tunnel provided sufficient distance from the prison to sneak power lines down and allow prisoners to slip into the dark streets. Libby jailbreak was made possible by the efforts of its leaders, Colonel Rose and Major Hamilton. Rose and Hamilton worked tirelessly to make the escape.That Rose got the idea of ​​a tunnel in the basement, and Hamilton designed the passage. Rose worked feverishly in the tunnel and organized digging teams, while Hamilton worked in logistics and invented cunning devices to remove dirt and supply oxygen to the tunnel.

Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba: Escaped from Auschwitz, and later compiled a report on this Nazi camp that saved many lives later

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Wetzler was a Slovak Jew, and one of the few Jews who managed to escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. Wetzler escaped with the same as he was a Jew named Rudolf Vrba. With the help of a dungeon camp at 2 pm on Friday, April 7, 1944 - on the eve of Easter - these two men hid inside a wooden pile, which was intended for the construction of the "Mexico" section for newcomers. She was behind the barbed wire of the inner perimeter of Birkenau, but in the outer perimeter the guards remained vigilant all day. Other prisoners laid the boards around the hollow area to hide the men, and then sprinkled the area with sharp Russian tobacco soaked in gasoline to fool the dogs.Wetzler and Vrba hid for 4 nights - so that they would not be caught again.

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On April 10, wearing Dutch costumes, coats, and boots that they took from the camp, they moved south, running parallel to the Sola River and reaching the Polish border with Slovakia after 133 kilometers. They found their way thanks to a page torn from a children's satin that Vrba found in a warehouse.

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Wetzler and Vrba later became famous due to the report, in which they described the internal structure of Auschwitz camp - the camp plan of the camp, the design of gas chambers, crematoria and, most convincingly, the label from the Cyclone canister. These 32 pages were the first detailed report on Auschwitz, which reached the West and which the Allies regarded as trustworthy. It is said that this report saved 120,000 lives.

Dieter Dengler: One of the few military who managed to escape from a POW camp during the Vietnam War.

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Dieter Dengler was a German-American Naval Pilot who made a famous escape from a prisoner of war camp in the jungle during the Vietnam War. In early 1966, the Dengler aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Laos, the pilot was captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp, which was run by Pathet Lao, a group of North Vietnamese supporters.Dengler earned a reputation for his inexplicable ability to escape prison camps during his military training, so he immediately developed an escape plan for prisoners. On June 29, 1966, he and six other prisoners managed to get rid of the shackles on his hands and feet and seize the weapons of protection. Having shot three guards, Dengler fled into a dense forest. Ultimately, he spent 23 days in the jungle, enduring extreme heat, insects, leeches, parasites, and terrible starvation before being saved by an American helicopter. He was the only prisoner who survived this escape. The rest were either killed or disappeared without a trace in the jungle. Arriving home, Dengler became a successful test pilot, and to this day he is one of the few American soldiers who managed to escape from a prisoner of war camp in the Lao jungle, survive and tell his story to others.

Besides him, this escape was also succeeded by Captain Charles Fredrik Klasmann, who was shot and captured, to escape with 6 other camp inhabitants, five of whom were never found, and Nick Row, who escaped from the Vietnamese Congress camp and wrote a book about it o "Five years to freedom."

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