A Brief History Of Strange Prison Escape Tools

A Brief History Of Strange Prison Escape Tools

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

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Santa Martha Acatitla Prison, Mexico City, 1971

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Sir David Longland Correctional Centre, Brisbane, 1997

cut through cell bars

SCI-Pittsburgh, 1997

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

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