In a seemingly simple, yet ingenious plan, twelve prisoners escaped on Monday (31 July 2017) from the Walker County Jail in Alabama. What was this ingenious plan? Not high-tech equipment, no large calculations, no portraits covering holes in walls or full body tattoos of the prison’s map. This plan put simply, was peanut butter. Yup, you read write, that delicious sticky stuff made from peanuts that you love spreading on your toast? That’s the one.
A group of inmates had been collecting peanut butter from their sandwiches days before the escape. They used said peanut butter collection like a modelling clay to change the number above the door that led to the outside. They then took advantage of a new prison guard, calling him and telling him to open the door and let an inmate back into his cell, which was really the door leading outwards. This seemingly bizarre plan worked, and when the guard hit the lock, the door opened and a total of twelve prisoners were able to flee. Most of them took off by foot, while others got access to a car. However, after a long search, and assisted by the locals of the community, on Tuesday (01 August 2017) night all 12 were captured.
While movies and book dedicated to this topic seem blown out of proportion, actually looking at some escape methods, movie versions could land up seeming more probable. And though this real-life prison break sounds pretty nutty, we have seen a fair share of crazy escapes before!
Escape is an Art
Vincenso Curcio, a member of the Sicillian Mafia, ingeniously escaped his prison cells by sawing through the bars of his cell with another rather odd object- dental floss. However, he was recaptured that same year in 2000 and sent back to prison. Another prison break tale that deserves a reaction occurred when an inmate known as Jay Sigler escaped after waiting for his visitors to arrive visitor’s day. And arrive they did. A group of his friends rammed a truck through four security fences and came out blasting with guns at security guards. To top off the craziness, his mother had planned the entire thing.
And lastly, the escape from Alcatraz. After using dummies of themselves to convince guards they were sleeping, inmates John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris escaped via the tunnels they had been digging for a year only with spoons. They then climbed up a ventilation shaft, scaled a fence to reach the edge of the island, and used a raft made out of raincoats to reach the shore. While they were never found again, dead or alive, this escape remains a hot topic till today.
Clearly, when you put a bunch of guys together in a closed space, give them a whole lot of time to think, imaginations can run wild- these wacky yet brilliant escapes are proof of that.