A jail break is a challenging endeavour. Prison security typically consists of CCTV, motion detectors, barred windows, high walls, barbed wire, electric fencing, and armed guards. Some inmates will attempt to escape at all costs despite these and other obstacles, pushing their intelligence and ingenuity to the utmost. Western outlaws and prison breaks have been a staple of popular culture since the 19th century. Just as in Hollywood, it might be challenging to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. Whatever the situation, everyone likes a good pursuit.
A excellent tale about a jail break is enjoyed by all. Aren’t we all Shawshank Redemption devotees? So let’s look at some of the most spectacular prison breaks in history.
The Greatest Real-Life Prison Escapes
The Prison Break from Alcatraz
Another story that became a cultural phenomenon after a Clint Eastwood-starring movie based on it became a box office success was Frank Lee Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin’s escape from the infamous Alcatraz on June 11, 1962.
The three accomplished this by digging a tunnel through a concrete wall with a spoon. In order to buy time, they also created paper mâché dolls using hair from the prison’s hairdresser. On a boat constructed from more than 50 stolen raincoats, they then entered the water. They disappeared without a trace.
Tunnel of the Taliban
Near order to free hundreds of Taliban rebels, the Mujahedeen started building a 1,000-foot tunnel in Kandahar in late 2010. The five-month-long tunnel cut through the concrete floor of an Afghan prison while avoiding watchtowers, government buildings, and other barriers covered in razor wire. On April 25, 2011, 480 prisoners crawled to escape in less than 30 minutes.
The Taliban had received keys prior to the escape, which they used to enter the cells of their friends. To get the hundreds of escaped prisoners out of the heavily guarded area, minibuses were waiting on the other side of the tunnel. It’s probable that some of the jail guards were bribed or had political motivations in order to aid the prison break.
Prison Break of John Dillinger
American bank robber John Herbert Dillinger Jr. managed to break out of jail twice during the course of his career. After robbing two banks, he was apprehended and put in prison in Lima in the autumn of 1933. Four days after Dillinger’s arrest, seasoned criminals who had smuggled weapons into the prison and then fled made friends with him.
A few days later, the gang went back to the same prison and released Dillinger after pretending to be officials from Indiana State Prison. He was apprehended a year later and imprisoned at the notoriously harsh Crown Point Jail. Dillinger made a gun out of a piece of wood there, abducted 17 men with it, and then ran away.
the famous prison break
Stalag Luft III was a German-run prisoner of war camp that housed captured air force personnel during World War II. Plans for a large-scale prisoner escape involving hundreds of people were set in motion in the spring of 1943. The names “Tom,” “Dick,” and “Harry” were given to three tunnels that were dug 30 feet below ground. Pumps were used to introduce fresh air into the tunnels. The electrical infrastructure of the prison was connected via lights that were erected. The inmates constructed a miniature rail car system to facilitate the digging process.
200 prisoners made an attempt to escape on March 24, 1944, during a moonless night. Instead of leading to a nearby woodland, the tunnel began just short of the tree line and next to a guard tower. The escape was swiftly stopped when one of the guards observed the 77th man entering the tunnel. Only three inmates succeeded in escaping. The remaining inmates were captured, but fifty of the prisoners were killed.
The Mexican Drug Lord’s Break-Out
In order to escape from the prison, Joaquin Guzmán Loera bought off his guards and got into a laundry cart. He was apprehended once more in 2014, but just 17 months later he escaped through a mile-long tunnel that had been constructed beneath the showers of the maximum-security jail, complete with lighting, ventilation, and motorcycle tracks.