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Inmates Escape, Come Back With Whiskey

It apparently wasn't the first time in Beaumont, Texas

(Newser) - These four inmates didn't want their freedom, apparently, but they did want their incarceration to be a little more tolerable. Authorities in Beaumont, Texas, say they caught inmates from the local Federal Correctional Complex who had escaped and were returning with whiskey, cell phones, and other goodies, reports Newsweek ... More »

Locals on Edge as Prisoner Goes Missing—Again

Calvin Adams escaped an Arkansas prison in 2009 and may have just done so again

(Newser) - "We'll get him." That's the determined response of a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which has pulled out all the stops to look for a convicted murderer who either managed to bust out of a state prison or is hiding very well somewhere on... More »

Escaped Convict Captured After Killing

Corrections official was found dead in her home

(Newser) - An escaped convict suspected in the killing of a Tennessee corrections administrator was captured Sunday, four days after he apparently slipped away from a work detail. A resident of Hennings, about 10 miles from the prison, had spotted Curtis Watson, 44, on his property in home surveillance video Sunday morning.... More »

Inmate's Plan: Dress Up as Daughter, Leave Her in Prison

Brazil gang leader Clauvino da Silva's nervousness apparently gave him away

(Newser) - A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary's main door in her place, authorities said Sunday. But prison officials said the nervousness displayed by Clauvino da Silva, also known as "... More »

Prison Can't Hold Mafia Boss

Italian drug kingpin escapes in Uruguay

(Newser) - An Italian mafia boss and three other inmates broke out of a prison in Uruguay through a hole in the roof, the government said. The escapees robbed the owners of a farmhouse nearby before vanishing, per CNN . Rocco Morabito, who was arrested in 2017 after being a fugitive for more... More »

Seamstress Who Helped Cons Escape Hears Parole Fate

It's a no for Joyce Mitchell, who aided Richard Matt and David Sweat in Dannemora breakout

(Newser) - The upstate New York prison break that Joyce Mitchell played a role in four years ago captivated the nation, but her recent attempts to make her own way out from behind bars apparently didn't captivate the parole board. The New York Daily News reports the 55-year-old seamstress—who famously... More »

Girlfriend Pays Big Price in Unusual Prison Escape

Maxine Feldstein posed as a sheriff's deputy, is sentenced to 15 years

(Newser) - It was a surprisingly simple plan as far as prison escapes go, but it worked like a charm. For a while. Maxine Feldstein, 30, posed as a sheriff's deputy to free Nicholas Lowe from the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas, reports KFSM . She showed up at the prison... More »

Fugitive's Insane Escape Tale Takes a Tragic Turn

During manhunt for Travis Lee Davis, a man mistaken for him is killed

(Newser) - This much is clear: Travis Lee Davis should be in jail, but he's not, thanks to two hard-to-explain escapes by the 30-year-old. Davis, last seen in Oklahoma, remains on the lam, while a man who resembled him was killed in a confrontation with police. And all that doesn't... More »

Inmate's Ceiling Escape Does Not End Well

Blaze Ayers fell into the jail's booking area in Jackson County, Indiana

(Newser) - An inmate fell through the ceiling while trying to escape from a jail in Indiana. Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer posted on Facebook that 28-year-old Blaze Ayers bolted from officers and locked himself in a medical room on Monday. When officers got into the room, Ayers had made his way... More »

MMA Fighter Recaptured After Escaping Prison Van

Cedric Marks is suspected of 2 killings

(Newser) - An MMA fighter suspected of killing at least two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities say. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said... More »

Ex-Prison Worker Who Helped Escapees: Ben Stiller Is a 'Liar'

Joyce 'Tillie' Mitchell, depicted in Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora,' says director is an 'idiot'

(Newser) - Joyce Mitchell—better known as "Tillie" in Showtime's Escape at Dannemora, in which she's played by Patricia Arquette—is proving as salty as her TV character. The ex-prison seamstress, serving time in New York for her role in the escape from an upstate New York prison by... More »

Minutes After He Escaped From Jail, Inmate Meets His Fate

South Carolina woman shot Bruce McLaughlin Jr. after he kicked in her door

(Newser) - An inmate who'd escaped minutes earlier from a county jail in South Carolina was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked in her back door, the local sheriff said. The inmate was still in his orange jail jumpsuit and had grabbed a knife-sharpening tool from the woman'... More »

They Used Decoy Heads to Flee Alcatraz. Now, FBI Replicas

3D-printed dupes look like the heads used by Frank Morris, Anglin brothers

(Newser) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank Morris and John and... More »

Odd: a Chinese Jailbreak. Odder: the Media Reporting It

There's a $15K reward for Zhang Guilin and Wang Lei

(Newser) - Looking to make a quick $15,000? Find these two fugitive prisoners for Chinese authorities. In what the BBC calls a "rare" event, Wang Lei, said to be in his mid-30s, and Zhang Guilin, in his late 30s or early 40s, broke out of the Lingyuan Third Prison in... More »

His Escape Was Incredible, but His Time on the Run Is Up

Redoine Faid captured 3 months after breaking out of prison in France

(Newser) - In the Hollywood version, the criminal makes a daring prison jailbreak via helicopter and spends the rest of his life drinking wine on an island. In the real-life version, he ends up back behind bars. Such is apparently the fate of French robber Redoine Faid, who had been branded the... More »

Inmates Spray Guard With Bleach, Escape

2 Kentucky inmates being sought

(Newser) - Two southeast Kentucky jail inmates who escaped, spraying bleach in the eyes of one jail worker and assaulting another, were being sought Wednesday, police said. David Mosely, 41, and Matthew Price, 45, escaped Tuesday night from the Bell County jail, Kentucky State Police said in a statement. The worker who... More »

Notorious French Inmate Makes Brazen Helicopter Prison Break

Redoine Faid was freed by armed men in balaclavas

(Newser) - A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away. Per AP , it was the second daring escape by Redoine Faid, who once... More »

Story of Man Who Fled Prison in Iceland Gets Weirder

It wasn't illegal, and he likely shouldn't have been in custody anyway

(Newser) - That an inmate escaped from an Iceland prison and fled the country on a plane that Iceland's prime minister happened to be aboard turns out to not be the wildest part of Sindri Stefansson's story. The 31-year-old is suspected of being one of a group of thieves who... More »

Fugitive Eluded Thousands of Cops for Weeks—Until Now

Tatsuma Hirao escaped from minimum-security prison on Japanese island, swam to mainland

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, Japanese cops kept finding socks and cellphones they thought may have been stolen by the No. 1 fugitive on their list—but they couldn't find the fugitive himself. That changed Monday with the recapture of Tatsuma Hirao, who'd escaped an "open" prison... More »

Mom's Obituary Helps Feds Catch 1981 Prison Escapee

He walked away from 9-year sentence

(Newser) - Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison. The US Marshals Service says 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident Thursday at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym, the AP... More »

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