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Some of the famous prison escape stories

These escapades seemlike a plot of Hollywood screenplay, and you wonder whether they are true or not.

Let’s face it, we all love a good adventure story or a prison break story (Shawshank Redemption, anyone?) But as they say, the truth is stranger than fiction, these real-life escape stories would blow your mind, and you would beamazed to see the intricacies of the human mind. They might not be as glamourous as Hollywood makes us believe, but that does not stop the hardest of the prisoners to break out. So, let us know about some of the most daring and interesting prison escapes that baffled everyone.

Escape from Alcatraz

This escape story was so fascinating that it became the subject of a blockbuster starring none other than Clint Eastwood. Three inmates of the infamous Alcatraz, Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Lee Morris, escaped on June 11, 1962. They apparently did this by digging a tunnel with a spoon. Not only that,they also made paper dummies with hair stolen from prison barbers as a decoy. They went to water and escaped in a boat made up of stolen raincoats. No one till this day knows what happened to them or has heard of them again.

Fugitive who escaped twice

John Herbert Dillinger Jr. was a crafty criminal who escaped the bars not only once but twice. He specialized in robbing banks. After robbing two banks, he was imprisoned in Lima in the year 1933. But he made some new friends who happened to smugglers and who smuggled guns in prison. As a result, Dillinger escaped with the help of these new friends who staged the charade of being State Prison Officers and helped him run. Unfortunately for him, he could enjoy free time for long and was captured again just after a year. This time he was taken to Crown Point Jail, which was considered escape-proof for fugitives. But Dillinger again fooled the jail authorities and carved a piece of wood that looked like a gun and escaped once more.

Catch me if you can!

Frank Abagnale was the stuff legends are made up of. This conman was difficult to apprehend and was active in his criminal pursuits from a very young age. He was so good at conning people that he convinced jail authorities that he was an undercover inspector who was reviewing the prison. He enjoyed the special care and attention and one day just walked out of prison.

Fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Catch me if you can” was based on the life of Abagnale!

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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