A Look at Some of the Most Famous Prison Breaks in U.S. History
The manhunt continues for two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.
Many people have noted that David Sweat and Richard Matt's dramatic escape from Clinton Correctional Facility Friday, in which they used power tools to break through steel walls and crawl through a steam pipe, bears striking similarities to the film "The Shawshank Redemption."
Even author Stephen King, who wrote the novella on which that film was based, acknowledged the parallels.
Okay, the Dannemora break was a bit like Shawshank. Sometimes life imitates art, that's all. Except these are bad, bad boys.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 10, 2015
But this is far from the first time that inmates have gone missing. According to federal authorities, approximately 2,000 inmates broke out of prisons across the U.S. in 2013, although most did not occur at high-security facilities.
On "Shepard Smith Reporting" today, Lea Gabrielle ran down some of the most famous prison breaks in American history, including the still unsolved 1962 Alcatraz break, John Dillinger's wooden pistol-aided 1932 escape from an Indiana jail and a 2003 incident in which two convicted murderers escaped from Elmira Correctional Facility in New York.
Learn more about these notable prison breaks in the "Shepard Smith Reporting" clip above.