There is something about the prison escape that gets the blood circulating. These dangerous guys were put in prison for a reason so we, as a society, are safe. Right? Well not all the time. Sometimes these murderers, rapists and robbers escape which then causes mass panic.
Recently, murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from prison and it became news all over the world. Matt was killed, while Sweat was captured and returned to prison. The two used power tools to saw through their cell walls and into a pipe and then eventually tunneled out through. They put dummies in their beds made out of sweatshirts to fool the guards, then went through the walls and exited from a manhole.
Even though they were caught, they still made a daring escape and were famous all over the world for doing so. But they only escaped once. A few prisoners have escaped more than once, and that takes some doing. Some are minor criminals who became folk heroes for all of their escapes, some are terrifying murderers that never should have seen the light of day again.
10. Ted Bundy – Jumped Out Of Window
Wait a minute. Ted Bundy escaped twice? Of all the horrible people that were in prison, this psychopath escaped..twice? Yes, he did.
Word is that Bundy killed over 100 women. He was one of the sickest people to ever roam the Earth. The first time this murdering necrophiliac escaped, he jumped out of a window while at a law library and just ran off. He was quickly captured. The next time he was a little more subtle. He cut a hole through his cell ceiling with a hacksaw, and escaped in clothing he stole from a jailers apartment.
He then went to Florida, where he killed more women before he was caught again. I imagine after that they paid a little bit more attention to him.
9. Steven Jay Russell – Escaped For Love
Russell was in prison for fraud. After he and cellmate Phillip Morris fell in love, they were both released. That could have been the end of the story but Russell was soon back in prison again for embezzling. He simply could not stand to be without Morris and escaped by calling the bail office, pretending to be a judge, and lowered his own bail from $950,000 to $45,000. He was caught but then escaped by impersonating a doctor and walking out the door before being recaptured.
This last one takes the cake though: He convinced the prison he had AIDS, (he didn’t) and was released, to a treatment center that didn’t exist ( he had set it up pretending to be a prison doctor. He later tried to declare himself dead. He was caught and sentenced to 144 years.
8. Richard McNair – Mailed Himself Out Of Prison
He was caught and sent to prison for the murder. Once again, he escaped by crawling through an air duct and made it 10 months before being caught. Two prison escapes is enough right? Well, not for McNair. He put himself in a large box and mailed himself outside of a prison. No, that isn’t a joke. Then he got out of the box and walked away. He was free for over a year before he was busted yet again.
7. Willie Sutton – The Famous Escapee
Sutton escaped a few times from prison: once he got control of a gun, and another time he scaled a wall with a ladder. His most famous escpape, though, he was just along for the ride. Some prisoners dug a hole 15 feet deep and almost 100 feet long. The tunnel even had lights. Sutton escaped with around 10 other guys but had nothing to do with digging the hole.
Sutton became a consultant with banks on how to avoid robberies later in life, and even did some TV commercials.
6. Pascal Payet – The French Love Their Helicopters
You would think that’s where the story ends for Payet, but it doesn’t. In 2007, some men yet again arrived via a helicopter and broke him out again. He is now back in prison where I imagine he doesn’t spend too much time outside.
5. Jack Shepard – The Bed Sheet Escape
4. Brian Bo Larsen – 22 Is His Magic Number
3. Yoshi Shiratori – The Innovative Escape Artist
He was a free man for a long time, but got tired of life on the run and turned himself in. He was good this time and was eventually paroled. He lived his last 18 years of life free, outside of prison.
2. Moondyne Joe – The Folk Hero
That sort of feat gives you respect in Australia where Moondyne Joe now is a folk hero. In fact, there is something called the Moondyne Festival which was named after him. In addition, many poems, songs and books have been written in his honor. He died a free man.
1. John Dillinger – Escaped Using A Wooden Gun
His first escape came was from a county jail when he and a bunch of his gang members escaped with guns that were smuggled to them. Really? How did that happen? He was recaptured, then escaped again. This time he was using a fake gun that was made out of wood. Well I guess if you had already escpaped with a real gun it makes using a fake one easier. He was shot and killed when the police arrived to arrest him.
10 People Who Have Escaped From Prison More Than Once