Top U.S. prison escapes

John Dillinger

Notorious bank robber John Dillinger escaped from jail twice. In 1933, Dillinger was captured in Lima, Ohio. His gang came to the rescue, impersonating Indiana State Police officers and shooting the sheriff after he asked for their credentials, before releasing Dillinger from his cell. A year later, Dillinger escaped from a reportedly "escape-proof" county jail in Indiana, using a fake gun made of wood and blackened with shoe polish. Gangster John Dillinger is seen here in this undated file photo| License Photo

Jonathan Tieu, Hossein Nayeri, and Bac Tien Duong

On January 26, 2016, three Orange County maximum security inmates escaped. Jonathan Tieu, 20; Hossein Nayeri, 37; and Bac Tien Duong, 43, cut through steel bars, navigated plumbing tunnels, and used a rope made out of bed sheets to rappel off the roof. Authorities arrested 10 people in the week following the escape, including the jail's English teacher, for their alleged involvement in the prison break. Duong turned himself into authorities on January 29 and the other two were caught on January 31. Photo courtesy of The Orange County Sheriff’s Department

The Libby Prison escape

During the Civil War, over 100 Union POWs escaped from Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, a Confederate prison known for its cruel treatment, including poor living conditions and starvation rations. After squeezing through a narrow tunnel, 59 soldiers successfully returned to Union lines, while 48 were captured and two drowned in the nearby James River. Pictured: Union soldiers march during the reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run at Brawner Farm in Manassas, Virginia on July 24, 2011. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI| License Photo

David Sweat and Richard Matt

On June 6, 2015, inmates and convicted murderers Richard Matt (R) and David Sweat (L), escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. A prison employee, Joyce Mitchell, was charged with aiding their escape. Matt, who had previously managed to escape jail at age 19, was shot and killed by police on June 26, 2015. Two days later, Sweat was captured near the Canadian border. Photo courtesy of The New York State Police

T.J. Lane and Clifford E. Opperud

On September 11, 2014, T.J. Lane (R), 19, escaped Allen Correctional Institution, where he was serving three life sentences for a school shooting. Lane escaped with fellow convict, Clifford E. Opperud (L). Lane was apprehended 5 hours later and Opperud was captured by the authorities 8 hours later without a fight. Photo courtesy of Lima Police Department

Escape from Alcatraz

On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and brother Clarence and John Anglin escaped Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island on an inflatable raft. The three were never captured, and the FBI has never determined whether they made it to the mainland or died in the attempt. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI| License Photo

Richard Lee McNair

Convicted murderer Richard Lee McNair has managed to escape capture three times after being sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for murdering one man and shooting a second during a botched robbery in 1987. In 1988, he used lip balm to squeeze out of his handcuffs. In 1992, he escaped North Dakota State Penitentiary by crawling through a ventilation duct. Most recently, in 2006 he slipped out by hiding under a pallet of bags in a mail truck. He was captured a year later in Canada and was sent to a supermax facility in Colorado. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service

Willie Sutton

Prolific bank robber Willie "Slick Willie" Sutton escaped prison three times during his career. In 1931 he was sentenced to 30 years on charges of assault and robbery, but escaped the next year by scaling the prison wall on two 9-foot sections of ladder. In 1945, Sutton was one of 12 convicts who escaped through a tunnel, but was recaptured the same day. In 1947, Sutton and other prisoners dressed up as prison guards and escaped, once again, using ladders across the prison yard to the wall. Pictured: Sutton photographed shortly after he escaped by tunnel from Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945. Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

James Earl Ray

In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted murderer of Martin Luther King, Jr., and six others escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee. He was recaptured two days later hiding in the forest surrounding the prison. Ray has tried to escape numerous times and has filed countless lawsuits alleging various violations of his rights while imprisoned. Photo by UPI| License Photo

James Robert Jones

In 1977, convicted murderer James Robert Jones escaped from a maximum security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He lived in Florida for 37 years under a false identity and was only arrested in March 2014 after U.S. Marshals Service found him by running an old prison picture through their facial recognition database. Photo courtesy of Broward County Sheriff's Office



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