The recent Taliban prison escape was undeniably crafty. But especially noteworthy was the creation of the 320m tunnel without power tools, which would have been too noisy. Here are six other great escapes, and the gear that made them possible.
Alcatraz Federal Prison, San Francisco, 1962
fashioning improvised toolsImage via Seven Morris/Flickr
Santa Martha Acatitla Prison, Mexico City, 1971
helicopter escape took place in 1971Breakout
Sir David Longland Correctional Centre, Brisbane, 1997
cut through cell bars
chip their way out of the penitentiary
Erie County Correctional Facility, New York, 2006
In 2006, Ralph “Bucky” Phillips was in prison after violating parole for a previous burglary conviction. While serving his term at Erie County Correctional Facility in western New York, Phillips got hold of a can opener and used it to cut through the corrugated metal roof of the prison kitchen. Once free, Phillips evaded police for over five months, and became a folk hero in the process. But that was before Phillips decided to shoot three officers, one of whom died as a result. He’s now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Long Bay Prison, Sydney, 2006
squeeze his 56kg body
[Image via Cosma/Shutterstock]