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5 Amazing Prison Breaks in History

As long as there are prisons in the world, we will continue to hear amazing jailbreak stories. There is no particular method of breaking out of a prison; the ways are invented there itself. The inmates have a lot of time to think and find new paths because they have nothing to do in the jail. Through the course of time, there have been numerous cases in which the inmates broke out, and it became a story worth telling.

5 Amazing Prison Breaks in History 
As long as there are prisons in the world, we will continue to hear amazing jailbreak stories. There is no particular method of breaking out of a prison; the ways are invented there itself. The inmates have a lot of time to think and find new paths because they have nothing to do in the jail. Through the course of time, there have been numerous cases in which the inmates broke out, and it became a story worth telling. 

This article sums up five famous jailbreak incidents that made headlines. 
 Escape from Alcatraz Prison- The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in the US is located on Alcatraz Island. It is 2 km off the coast from San Francisco, California. It operated from 1934 until 1963. In its twenty-nine years of operation, there were 14 attempts to escape from the prison, and it involved 34 inmates. Officially, every attempt failed, and most of the inmates that fled were either killed or recaptured. However, on June 11, 1962. Anglin brothers and Frank Morris executed one of the most famous prisons attempts in world history. They managed to cut the grill and slip through their cells. They then climbed to the rooftop via air vents, pumped their rubber raft and jumped into the sea. On the escape night, they deceived the night inspection by placing dummy heads and real hair. They were never found again. 

The Great Escape- It is considered as one of the largest prison escape in the history. Over 600 allied POW during the 2nd World War worked on creating three tunnels named Tom, Dick, and Harry to remain undetected by Nazi prison guards. The leader of the operation was Roger Bushell-Air Force Squadron leader. Each of the tunnel entrances was carefully selected to ensure they were undetectable by the camp guards. In order to keep the tunnels from being detected by the perimeter microphones, they were very deep — about 9 meters below the surface. The tunnels were very small occupying an area of only two o.73 meter square. The POW camp was located in German Province of Lower Silesia near today's city of Żagań in Poland. The Germans thought it would be impossible for the allied powers create tunnels there, but they were wrong. The construction of the tunnels began in 1943; they even made a rail car system and removed 200 tons of dirt. On March 24, 1944, 76 men crawled out of the tunnels to freedom, however the next day the 77th man got caught. Leader Roger Bushell was caught and executed. 

John Dillinger and the wooden gun- Dillinger broke out of the county jail in Crown Point, Indiana. During the early 1930's, he had committed 12 bank robberies and murdered a sheriff. He finally got caught in January 1934. On March 3, 1934, Dillinger forced the guards to open the door to his cell by intimidating them with a wooden gun he had allegedly whittled. Dillinger then seized two of their machine guns and fled. The pistol he made resembled a Colt 38. In 2009, his fake gun got sold at the Heritage Auction, Dallas at a cost of $19,120. 

Maze Prison Escape-The Maze Prison escape took place on 25 September 1983, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It got considered the largest prison break in British history. Twenty officers got injured, and one died of cardiac arrest. The inmates broke out through 15-foot fences, and an 18-foot concrete wall topped with barbed wire. The guns made smuggled into the prison, and on the night of 25th September, 38 prisoners took control of the H-block holding the guards' hostage at gunpoint. They took the guards clothing and car keys, at 3:25, a truck bringing food supplies arrived and helped them escape. Some inmates fled to the US while 19 of them got caught, later the others were also captured and extradited. 

The Texas Seven- It is one of the most popular prison escapes. A group of 7 prisoners escaped from the John Connelly Unit, Texas on December 13, 2000. The criminals were serving a 30-year long sentence at least before they escaped. It occurred in the daylight during the lunch count time which is considered the slowest time in a prison. Using several well-planned ploys, the seven convicts restrained four correctional officers, nine maintenance supervisors including their boss, and three uninvolved inmates. The group impersonated officers on the phone and created false stories to ward off suspicion from the authorities. They made their way to the prison maintenance pickup-truck which they used to escape from the prison grounds. A year later 5 members were caught while the other two committed suicide.    

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