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'Mastermind' Escapee Talks Close Calls on the Lam

As FBI investigates corruption at Dannemora prison

(Newser) - David Sweat is sharing more details about that dry run he and Richard Matt performed the night before they busted out of prison. It was certainly thorough: Sweat, who claims to be the mastermind, says the pair broke out of their cells and meandered through tunnels and pipes before coming...

NY Escapees Did a Practice Run

David Sweat says they began sawing through their cells 6 months ago

(Newser) - Here's one reason David Sweat and Richard Matt managed to bust out of prison: practice. The newly captured Sweat has told state authorities that he and Matt did a practice run the night before the actual escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, reports CNN . It's not clear how...

Captured Escapee Speaks: The Plan Was Mexico

David Sweat says he and Richard Matt parted ways 5 days ago

(Newser) - A day after New York prison escapee David Sweat was shot near the Canadian border by Sgt. Jay Cook , he's apparently talking to investigators to fill in the gaps in the breakout scheme he and dead escapee Richard Matt carried out. Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sweat revealed he and...

Cop Was Alone When He Confronted Escapee

Mom says David Sweat was always trouble

(Newser) - Sgt. Jay Cook, the officer being hailed as a hero for single-handedly stopping prison escapee David Sweat in his tracks , was alone on patrol when he encountered the fugitive 1,300 other officers were looking for, police say. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says Cook, a 21-year veteran of...

Escaped Prisoner May Have Been Drunk When Shot

Richard Matt's body smelled of alcohol, reports Buffalo News

(Newser) - The escaped prisoner who was shot to death on Friday may have been both drunk and sick when troopers finally caught up with him, reports the Buffalo News . The body of Richard Matt reeked of booze, authorities tell the newspaper. That gibes with the report of a cabin owner who...

Why David Sweat Is More Dangerous Now Than Ever

A former NYPD officer says Sweat is confronted with fact 'his life is over'

(Newser) - His partner is dead and he has 1,100 cops on his tail: David Sweat has been a dangerous man over the last three weeks, but he may be most dangerous now, law professor and former NYPD officer Eugene O'Donnell tells NBC News . "He is face to face...

Reports: Cops Shoot Prison Escapee Richard Matt
 Cops Kill Prison 
 Escapee Richard Matt 

Cops Kill Prison Escapee Richard Matt

Other fugitive, David Sweat, still at large

(Newser) - The bid for freedom is over for at least one of the escaped inmates in New York state. Multiple outlets including the New York Post , CNN , and the New York Times say police have shot and killed Richard Matt. The other fugitive, David Sweat, was reportedly being chased in the...

Fugitive Hunt Shifts Again After 'Significant' Items Found

Police think Richard Matt and David Sweat are heading to Canada

(Newser) - If New York investigators are right, Richard Matt and David Sweat are probably sleeping right now—but they'll wake soon and continue picking their way through the woods and back roads toward Canada when darkness falls. At an update today on the hunt for the prison escapees, authorities say...

Arrested Guard Likened Inmates to 'Puppies'

Prison a tough place to work, he told interviewer 15 years ago

(Newser) - Gene Palmer, the guard accused of delivering hacksaw blades in frozen meat to aid the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat, cared for the Clinton Correctional Facility about as much as Johnny Cash cared for San Quentin, according to an interview unearthed by NBC News . In 2000, Palmer was...

Guard Charged in Escape Took Paintings From Convict

Gene Palmer says it was all an innocent mistake

(Newser) - A prison guard has now been charged in connection with the great escape from a New York prison. The accused is Gene Palmer, whose name surfaced Tuesday in reports that he delivered hacksaw blades hidden inside frozen hamburger meat to escapee Richard Matt. Palmer, 57, who has been on paid...

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