Two convicted killers pulled off an amazing escape from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, drawing immediate comparisons to the plot of the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.
“This really could have been a movie script,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who toured the prison on Saturday. "And, if you saw it as a movie script, it would have been unbelievable, frankly.”
Tell that to Frank Darabont.
Richard Matt and David Sweat, both convicted murderers, used power tools to tunnel through walls and into a steam pipe. The pair then manageded to climb down from a six-story high catwalk, and eventually emerged from a manhole outside of the prison walls. It was the first successful escape from the prison since it opened in 1865.
According to the Washington Post:
- Authorities discovered that the two men’s adjoining cells were empty during a morning check at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.
- The men left clothing and other items in their beds to make it appear that they were asleep.
- Officials are looking into whether the tools came from outside contractors who enter the prison to work on various construction projects.
And just as Shawshank’s Andy Dufresne left behind a taunting message to the warden (“Salvation lies within.”), Matt and Sweat felt the need to leave a few parting words for their former captors.
I’m not sure why the men chose to include an offensive Asian caricature in their note. I expected more racial sensitivity from these murderous convicts.
Authorities believe that the pair may have fled into Canada or a neighboring state and have no firm leads at this time. The pair are considered extremely dangerous, so if you see them, don’t be a hero. In fact, it’s probably best if you just stay inside and continue reading Playboy.com, and perhaps take in a sexy gallery or two. Why take a chance, right?