The shower tunnel and laundry basket led to freedom
Jose Guzman Loera, better known as "El Chapo" is a drug kingpin and has already escaped from 2 or 3 Mexican well-protected jails. In 2015, he managed to flee from Altiplano Prison and it was his second time. You will not believe how he did it. He took advantage of the one-mile tunnel that led to the construction site and just disappeared. Long searches did not help to find El Chapo and he escaped from prison staff. However, he was not long at liberty. He was caught again in January 2016, but there were rumors that in the summer of that year he ran off at the third time. But before all this, he has an escape in 2001 from Puente Grande maximum-security prison. At that time he took advantage of a laundry basket and the help of some guards. It is known that some of his assistants have not been calculated and continue to work in this prison. This is considered one of his the best jailbreaks, as after that he could not be found for 13 years.
Breakout King and his 22 successful attempts
This convict really causes respect, despite the fact that his actions were illegal. Brian Bo Larsen can deservedly be called the King of Breakouts for 22 successful tries. And then there was nothing to do with luck, this guy from Denmark managed to run from all these prisons without even getting acquainted with the plan of the construction and other criteria. In contrast to Michael Scofield, he walked there almost “blindly”. In the quality of auxiliary items, he used everything that was at hand, starting with blankets and ending with bolts and empty jars cans. The period of his stay in prison was different. Once it took one day to accomplish escape. But mostly he needed a month to prepare the plan. However, in December 2014, he completed his last escape, after which he stayed free for 10 days. The police found him in a wrecked car. He was in the company of a prostitute, and in his blood, they found a large content of hallucinogens.
Kindest offender of Greece
Vassilis Paleokostas is also known as the Robin Hood of Greece is most like the hero of the “Prison Break”. He is known to all for his good treatment of the people who he kidnapped. He valued any life and had moral principles, just like Michael and maybe he would be a good hero of his own TV show. His first arrest occurred in 1995 and he was sent to Korydallos Prison, Which was considered the harshest in Greece. In 2006, his older brother and company helped him to escape. Perhaps it will sound like the script of the film, but they put the helicopter right in the prison yard and disappeared with Paleokostas. The prison staff was not alerted by a helicopter flying up to the building; they thought it was some kind of check. When they realized that the prisoner had fled, they opened fire, but it was too late. In 2008, he was detained and placed in the same jail. A couple of days later, the brother in a helicopter flew in again and took him. That very strange method helped them to outwit the guard. To date, Paleokostas is not found.
Two prisons on two continents
Two more escapes based on the character of the famous series, turned the American killer, Glen Stewart Godwin. In 1987, he escaped from California Folsom Prison. This jail is notable for its strictness and security, which makes the guy a real genius in this matter. He made a long way from the prison cell to freedom. He went through three prison bars, swam across the gully and then he took advantage of an inflatable raft to sail the river. As a result, he managed to escape, and the prison staff could only find the uniform of the confined on the bottom of the river. Goodwin chose the road to Mexico, where he could settle down and start life anew. But he started dealing with drug trafficking and contract killings. When he was detained and imprisoned for the second time in a local prison, he also managed to run off. Information about his escape is not disclosed, only some details are known and the fact that after that he killed a member of the drug cartel.
Prisoner of Turkish Alcatraz
Billy Hayes was caught in 1970 for smuggling hash from New York to Turkey. This was the beginning of an incredible story, which was later filmed in “The Midnight Express”. This person went down in history as the one who did the impossible and he is spoken about all over the world. At first, he got a life sentence in one prison and a few years later he gave a bribe to be transferred to another more protected one. His new jail looked like the Turkish version of Alcatraz and was on an island surrounded by blusterous water. The only advantage was that the prisoners could safely move around the territory, as no one could think that someone could swim far. But Billy had good physical training and knew that he could do it. He waited for the storm and the moment when ships with supplies tied closer to the shore. He swam to the boat and secretly came to them to land. With fake documents, he got to Greece, and then to the US. Now he is still alive and he is 70 years old, but he has already become a legend.
Frenchman became the champion of escapes by helicopter
Pascal Payet, born in France was caught for murder and sentenced to imprisonment. In 2001, he carried out his first escape by helicopter. A few years later he helped liberate 3 prisoners in the same way from a less protected facility in the less popular village. The fact that he helped to escape to others makes him look like Michael Scofield. Then he was caught a second time and in 2007, he implemented his third escape plan in generally and the second one when he was the escapee by himself. Pascal's assistants waited for the Bastille Day and headed for the jail on a new helicopter. They landed directly on the roof and five minutes later the prisoner was not there. The guards did not even understand what happened and did not react in any way. As a result, Pascal was never found. With as many as three successful attempts, he is considered to be the champion for the number of escapes by helicopter in a short period of time (only 6 years).
Prisoner as FBI consultant
Frank Abagnale in its cunning can really be compared with Michael Scofield and maybe even with Raymond Reddington from “The Blacklist”. He began his criminal activities in his younger years when he started to engage in fraud. He was sent several times to jails in different countries until he was given a life sentence in an Atlanta prison. Then he decided to cheat the guards a little. He told them that he is an FBI agent who checks the reliability of the content of the criminals and the proper handling of them. To make them believe, he called a friend who assured his identity with fake documents. His plan worked 100% and the guards even started joking with him that they knew that he was an agent under the cover. As a result, he was still caught and returned back, but he didn’t stay long in prison and was released after 4 years. The interesting fact is that later he really became an FBI consultant. Events in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” with Leonardo DiCaprio are based on this story.
Yoga and ointment helped to escape from prison
A prisoner from North Korea, Choi Gap-bok, was convicted of attempted robbery in 2012. For 23 years, the guy has been practicing yoga and achieved not small results that helped him escape from the detention center in Daegu. After staying there for only five days, he decided to escape in a very strange way. He waited until all the guards fell asleep, and managed to escape through food slot. The hole was at the bottom of his cell and was only 5.9 inches tall and 17.7 inches wide. A guy 5'4" tall smeared his back and hands with ointment, and slipped through the slot in just 34 seconds. To avoid the guards immediately notice his disappearance, he covered the pillow with a blanket, like he’s been sleeping. After 6 days he was caught and he explained his escape by the fact that he wanted to prove his innocence. The second time he was put in a cell with a smaller food slot so that he did not slip away again.
How to escape from the "Escape-Proof" prison?
John Dillinger was caught in Arizona for killing a policeman in 1934. He was a famous and dangerous gangster and he was put in jail in Indiana. This was not his first imprisonment, before that he was in prison in Ohio and ran away from there only a month before his new capture. There he was doing time because of the robbery of the bank. But back to his escape from Arizona jail, which was considered the most "Escape-Proof" prison at the time. Apparently, this was an erroneous opinion since John fled from there to a very humiliating way for the graders. From improvised materials, mostly it was a wood, he built a fake gun. He began to wave it and threaten the guard, and they believed that it was real and in fear let him go. Then Dillinger escaped in the officer's car. Four months later he was killed near the Chicago Theater. It is incomprehensible to the mind, how creative, desperate and courageous a person should be to do this. But Michael Scofield could do that.
Escaped wearing his wife's dress
Prisoner Dwight Worker was to serve a sentence in LeCouberry prison in Mexico City. It is also called the "Black Palace" and is considered the most dangerous jail in Northern Africa. In 1973, the guy was arrested for smuggling cocaine. As Walker had pronounced leadership qualities and was able to convince people, he was placed in a cell isolated from foreign prisoners to avoid riots and other troubles. Because he was always with the most dangerous criminals, he was often hospitalized and his look changed radically. A very strange fact, Mexican laws allowed escaping from prison if you did not destroy something there or hurt someone. And Dwight found nothing better than to disguise in his women’s clothes. Barbara, his wife brought him everything he needed including a razor and makeup. Two years after his imprisonment, he simply left the prison and was not seen. A very risky and unusual way brought Worker a freedom. From his words, he had only two options to escape or commit suicide.
Ananias Mate is known for being the only one who was able to escape from a high-security prison, C-Max Penitentiary. In 2006, he was charged with 67 cases of murder, rape, and theft and sentenced to 54 years in prison Pretoria, South Africa. A year earlier he had already run off doing time for the previous violation. But the second time, he was sent to C-Max jail. There he found nothing better than to be smeared with Vaseline and squeezed through the window in his cell. After this incident he was called “Vaseline King” and this try to escape was not the last in his life. Only a month later he was caught again and returned back to jail. In total, he made tree unsuccessful attempts during his last term, but anyway he died in prison. Doctors of the hospital said that he died of digestive problems, but the guards thought that this is another way to get out. To avoid surprises, they put handcuffs on the body.
Ted Bundy and his 2 runaways
You've probably heard about this guy, or rather about his malicious killings. But as it turned out, Ted Bundy showed his abilities in escaping from places of detention. His first attempt was not entirely successful and even tragic. During the preliminary hearing in Colorado, he took the opportunity to visit the library in the middle of the process. While no one was watching Ted jumped out the window and hurt his ankle. The poor man spent 6 days hiding from patrol cars without food and rest. He could not move due to severe pain in the ankle and as a result, he was detained in a car stolen from him. After he was eventually sent to prison, he did not leave the thought of getting out. To crawl into the square hole in his cell, he lost 35 pounds. After he was on the street, his wife was waiting near the wall of the prison with normal clothes. Only 17 hours after his escape, the guards noticed the loss. During this time, Ted had already flown to Florida, where he continued his dark affairs.
The only ones who escaped from Alcatraz
The film "Escape from Alcatraz" is an exciting story that tells the about a real event that eventually became a legend. In 1962, Frank Lee Morris and the Anglin brothers risked running away from Alcatraz, the most secure prison, which is located on the island. In fact, the fate of the three guys is not known. But their bodies have not been found, so there is a possibility that they are over and, probably, still living somewhere in Brazil, for example. After their disappearance, there were various rumors, but in 2015 there was information that the one, who helped them escape killed them after. Oh, you're probably wondering how they did it. They long planned this night, preparing an inflatable raft of 50 raincoats. They made layouts of bodies and covered them with a sheet so the guards thought they were asleep and then they want through the vent holes. These guys were really smart, as this prison is not simply called super-controlled and the guards were better than in others places.
Mailing himself to freedom
In 1988, Richard Lee Mts Nairi was caught for suspicion of murder. This was his first escape attempt which was successful. He managed to escape directly during the interrogation. He smeared his hands with lip balm, got rid of the handcuffs and ran away from the guard. Police throughout the city pursued him and eventually caught. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to years in a state prison in Bismarck, North Dakota. By 1992, he committed 5 unsuccessful attempts to escape and it was decided to transfer him to a federal prison in Pollock, which was considered more reliable. For 13 years, he thought about how to get out from there. In the end, he took a very original decision and sent himself on a pallet. This large man was in a small box and was breathing through a crack for 3 hours. Also, do not forget about the increased temperature. All his agonies could be in vain, as after an arrival at the freedom he met patrol police officers near the railroad tracks. Fortunately, despite the fact that they checked the guy, and he called them his real name, they did not recognize him.
The Texas Seven or the really crazy guys
These guys, who are popularly called “The Texas Seven” are honorably in the first position of our top and personally, we can name them good rivals for Prison Break‘s “Fox River Eight.” Well, let's start in order. In 2000 these guys escaped from the super-protected prison in South Texas. They carried out this by stealing everything needed in the store in which they worked. On the way, they stole cars, disarmed the oncoming cops and even killed the officer. While they were being searched in several states, they moved to Colorado, where they bought a house and introduced themselves as Christian missionaries. As a result, this desperate company was caught and sentenced to death. Six of the seven members of the group were killed as they were supposed to, and one committed suicide while he was arrested. Agree, this story resembles the moment of “Prison Break”, when several dangerous criminals come together and make a joint escape.