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25 Brilliant Prison Escape Plans That Actually Worked

11. Bruce Walter Keith or James Robert Jones?

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Convicted murderer James Robert Jones had made his unauthorized exit from the prison located on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and started anew in Florida. He was living under the name of Bruce Walter Keith, he got married and was employed by a heating and cooling outfit. It all ended when Jones was found with the help of software that detected his face and matched it to the escapee from Leavenworth.

12. The Jew Savior, Alfréd Wetzler

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Alfred Wetzler was one of the few Jews to have escaped from Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The history of the Auschwitz death camp is well known, for its notorious methods for murdering Jews, it also was highly protected, leaving no chance for anyone to escape. Wetzler made his way out by hiding under construction wood for four days and escaped at the perfect time when none of the camp’s guards were watching. After going back to Slovakia, Wetzler made a report from notes that he and his fellow escapee, Rudolf Vrba, had about the workings of Auschwitz, saving up to 120,000 Hungarian Jews.

13. The Case Of Charles Victor Thompson

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Sentenced to death in April 1999 and currently residing on Texas Death Row, Charles Victor Thompson escaped the Harris County Prison. With a fraudulent ID badge, after a parole meeting, claiming to be with the Attorney General’s office, Thompson was out of prison. Three days later, he was captured outside a liquor store in Shreveport, Louisiana, intoxicated and using a payphone.

14. The chameleon 

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Frank Abagnale, an American security consultant, was arrested for fraud. He is famous for claiming to have assumed several identities, including an airline pilot, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent, a lawyer and a physician. Having the guts and expertise for deception, he escaped from police custody twice. One of them was from a U.S. federal penitentiary where he used a fake ID to prove his false identity and nonchalantly walked out of the Federal Detention Center.

15. The Libby Prison Escape

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Disease, malnutrition and a high mortality rate was the reality in Libby Prison. It was built before the American Civil War as a food warehouse. The prison got famous for its harsh conditions and careless behavior towards the prisoners. One thousand prisoners were shoved into large open rooms on two floors, with open windows leaving them exposed to weather and temperature extremes. More than hundred of the prisoners could not take the conditions they were living in, so they dug tunnels and after a while, escaped.

Written by Patrick Bennet

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