Who Are Some Famous Prison Escapees?


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Famous prison escapees include John and Clarence Anglin, Frank Morris, Billy Hays and John DIllinger. While some of these figures were recaptured, others were never seen again.

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On June 11th, 1962, brothers John and Clarence Anglin, along with fellow prisoner Frank Morris, escaped from Alcatraz, an American high-security Federal prison. Allegedly, the men burrowed their way out using a metal spoon and a makeshift drill created from a stolen vacuum cleaner. During the prison's music hour, the three masked the sound of their drilling with accordions and left papier-mâché dummies, covered in stolen hair form the prison barber shop, in their place. According to the prison, the three supposedly drowned at sea; however, their remains have never been found.

In 1970, a 23-year-old American named Billy Hays was discovered trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. Having been sentenced to four years in Turkish jail, he was sent to an Imrali Island prison. After his sentence was extended an extra thirty years in 1975, he escaped in a rowboat, eventually making his way to Greece.

Notorious gangster John Dillinger was another American prisoner who broke out of an Indiana jail using what he claimed was a gun he had whittled out of wood. In 1974, before making his getaway, he imprisoned the guards and stole the sheriff's car. Eventually, Dillinger was hunted down and fatally shot.

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