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The 3 Most Daring Prison Escapes
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With several big prison escapes – some incredibly dangerous – occurring throughout 2017, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most daring escapes of all time. The key to this list? They all worked.
Daring Prison Escape #1: Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris Escape From Alcatraz
Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 by cutting holes in cell walls and tricking guards by creating dummy bodies to leave in their beds. The trio – two brothers and a friend – managed to escape through the prison’s ventilation system, scaling a fence and hopping into a raft made from raincoats and contact cement. They’ve never been found.
Daring Prison Escape #2: Pascal Payet Escapes via Helicopter
French murderer Pascal Payet broke out of prison multiple times, but one was far more daring than the rest were. Payet had two friends fly to the prison he was in, where he climbed to the roof and jumped in. He recreated the escape attempt two years later to help three other people escape the same prison. When he was caught, yet another helicopter picked him up – this one hijacked by four men, presumably Payet’s friends – but authorities captured him a few months later, and he’s now being held in a secret location.
Daring Prison Escape #3: Frank Abagnale Escapes by Acting Like a Prison Inspector
Frank Abagnale, who was serving a 12-year sentence, was transferred to another prison by a U.S. Marshall who forgot his paperwork. Abagnale took the opportunity to convince the guards that he was an “undercover prison inspector.” When they fell for it, he called a friend who made two business cards: one from an FBI agent (for her) and one from a real prison inspector (for him). She smuggled the cards into the prison, and Abagnale said he needed to talk to her; the guards called the number on the card, and the woman who answered said she needed to talk to Abagnale outside the prison’s gates. The guards let him walk right out the front door.
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