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  • the year was 1953 and British criminal Alfred George Hines was serving 12 years in prison.

  • But the nodding in prison where he was held wouldn't be able to contain him as he eventually got through locked doors and climbed a 20 ft wall to freedom.

  • He spent almost a year across Europe before being recaptured and then quickly escaped while awaiting trial and headed straight for the airport.

  • He was caught again but escaped from Chelmsford Prison and fled to Ireland, where his freedom lasted two years.

  • He became notorious in the British media, dubbed Houdini Heinz, and was inducted into MENSA after his eventual release from prison.

  • Many people consider him the greatest prison escape artist of all time.

  • This video is not about people like him.

  • There are around 2000 prison escapes each year in the United States, but that number is dwarfed by the number of escape attempts.

  • Most of these air foiled very quickly and most never even get off the grounds of the prison.

  • Common tactics for escaping prison include trying to scale the prison walls running into the nearby woods or attempting to get smuggled out of the prison guards know how to look out for these tactics by now, and uncreative inmates usually find themselves right back where they started.

  • Maybe with the longer sentence or less comfortable quarters.

  • Other inmates are taking a more aggressive approach and starting riots or taking guards hostage.

  • Those usually end in a standoff in hostage negotiation.

  • That's highly unlikely to end with release.

  • But some inmates take more creative approaches to escape.

  • We said Creative, not effective Kenneth Burnham was doing a few years in prison for burglary when he started to get stir crazy.

  • He watched other inmates in his Hamilton County, Tennessee, prison get prepped for release and thought, Why not me?

  • Then he took that a bit too literally, as another inmate was about to be released on Bond awaiting trial, Burnham took advantage of the light security and decided he'd simply take that man's identity.

  • He presented himself when the officers came to collect the lucky inmate and signed all the paperwork.

  • He was just minutes away from freedom.

  • There was just one problem.

  • The inmates set for release.

  • Glenn Taylor was black, and Burnham was definitely not black.

  • Prison officials looked on the sheet and saw the issue, and Burnham's not so great escape was stopped in its tracks.

  • Burnham briefly claims to have not been aware Taylor was black but admitted he just wanted to escape.

  • He wound up being charged with criminal impersonation and attempted escape, ensuring he'd have a bit longer to cook up half baked escape attempts.

  • At least he stayed clean.

  • Unlike our next inept inmate, everyone remembers the famous prison escape from The Shawshank Redemption as innocent life for Andy Dufresne tirelessly tunneled his way out of himself and escaped through the prison sewer system.

  • But fact isn't as glamorous as fiction.

  • As one Brazilian inmate found out, he tunneled out of a cell into the sewer system to, but he wasn't all that well prepared.

  • He decided to make his escape wearing only a pair of shorts.

  • Not ideal.

  • Where for digging around through human waste to make your escape, at least the sewers.

  • A clear shot, the freedom right?

  • Wrong.

  • From the moment the unfortunate prisoner decided to make his escape, it was nothing but one humiliation after another.

  • He got stuck in the sewer only a few feet from the cell, lost his shorts in the sewer and had to be pulled to safety, covered in filth and completely naked by two other men.

  • The man's ill advised escape attempt was caught on video that went viral around the world.

  • But his name was never released to the public, and no one knows what became of him.

  • He's probably happy about that.

  • It's hard to keep cool in prison, but one inmate took impatience to another level.

  • Andrew Wilson seemed to be a model prisoner, doing time for burglary, theft and possession of controlled substances.

  • He had to keep his nose clean in prison and was approaching his parole board here.

  • In all he had to do was stay calm and do his work detail.

  • Wilson wasn't considered a high risk inmates, so he was given a little more freedom, which one day he decided to take full advantage of he stole a truck at the work camp he was serving at, drove off and ditched the truck to run to freedom.

  • In the next town, he tried to stay ahead of the authorities, but it wasn't long before he was caught with drugs on his person.

  • He was facing new charges of possession and escaped from custody and would be extending his stay in Tennessee's Corrections department.

  • But he did get one piece of good news when he was back in custody.

  • The parole department had approved his release only 24 hours after he escaped.

  • Patience is a virtue, but not for Andrew Wilson.

  • Making an escape from prison is hard enough.

  • Staying free is even harder.

  • One inmate found that out the hard way.

  • The Olympic Correction Center in Washington was a relatively easy prison to escape from, and James Russell was no rookie.

  • He was serving his fourth prison term and had just been transferred to the minimum security work camp.

  • It didn't take long for the serial thief to take full advantage as he made a break for it and escaped into the nearby woods.

  • But he was in a rural area, still wearing his prison gear, and needed some help to make his escape complete.

  • He came across a cabinet, a nearby river resort, and decided to sneak in.

  • Sounds like a smart plan, not like anyone would recognize him.

  • There was just one problem.

  • The current resident of the cabin was a guard at that exact prison that Russell had escaped from seeing an escaped inmate to the guard immediately tackled.

  • Russell.

  • Russell escaped, but the guard notified all the other cards in the area to be on the lookout.

  • Russell was quickly tracked down by the other guards facing new charges for escape the serial offenders.

  • Brief stay in minimum security was over.

  • Most prison escapees.

  • Erhard and criminals, right?

  • Not quite Christopher Biscotti had Onley arrived at Elmwood Correctional Facility a few days earlier, but he was quickly getting tired of prison life.

  • It was time to get out of there, and he made a break for it.

  • Bye.

  • Scotty was actually much better at escape than most inmates, and the guards were taken by surprise that just how fast he made it over the fences.

  • But he wasn't prepared for just how many fences there were.

  • And after leaving his shoe atop the barbed wire, he was eventually snagged before scaling the last fence.

  • What terrible fate was biscotti fleeing the hardened criminal doing hard time was actually facing misdemeanor petty theft charges, and he was staying in a minimum security facility while awaiting arraignment.

  • By making a break for it, he traded his relatively comfortable digs for a stay in maximum security and felony charges that would likely see him staying in the prison system for several years.

  • Instead of a short stay in county jail or probation.

  • Most prisoners who fail at their escapes just head right back to where they left.

  • But some aren't so lucky.

  • Prison escapes have been going on far longer than the modern prison system, and old time prisons could be very tricky to escape what they lacked in modern security they made up for in treacherous designs that threatened any escapee with certain death.

  • That didn't stop Griffith, actually a Welsh king, in 12 44.

  • He had been held in prison for much of his life due to conflict over his father's land, and he was eventually held in the notorious Tower of London by his brother, Dafydd.

  • In a particularly nasty family feud, he had enough, and he hatched a dangerous plot.

  • He designed himself an improvised a rope made from his bed sheets and threw them out the window, planning to scale the Tower of London and repel down.

  • There was only one problem.

  • All those years in captivity weren't great for exercise, and Griffin's weight was too much for the thin cloth to handle.

  • He did make it down from the Tower of London, but at a much faster speed than he was hoping.

  • Griffin wasn't the only famous president had tried and failed to escape, and the next one shows that higher education is no guarantee of strategic smarts.

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  • Samuel Mudd might have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time, treating the injured John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • But his participation in lying to authorities got him a life sentence in prison.

  • He was imprisoned on the isolated Fort Jefferson, and prisoners had a bit more freedom there since they couldn't get off the ground easily.

  • Mud befriended Henry Kelly, a teenager working on the transport steamer, and convinced the boy to smuggle him off the island.

  • Mud changed into professional looking clothes, snuck into Kelly ship and tried to blend in.

  • There was just one problem.

  • He was probably the most famous convict in the country at the moment.

  • He was soon identified by the fort storekeeper, arrested and sentenced to hard labor.

  • Kelly also found himself in trouble for participating in the escape plot, but mud story had a happier ending than most failed prison escapees.

  • He was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and headed home after only a few years.

  • Getting help is a good way to get out of prison, but the partner in crime doesn't always work out.

  • Michael Coleman and Lester Burns were tired of their stay in prison, and when the opportunity presented itself, they made their escape.

  • They were on a long trip in a prison van along with other inmates, when they had to make an emergency stop due to a prisoner's medical issue.

  • When the guards were in the hospital with the sick inmate, the inmates were left in the van and five of them watched in shock as Coleman and burned jumped back into the van and drove it off.

  • There was just one problem.

  • Oklahoma inmate Joshua Silverman wanted no part of this, and when Coleman and Burn stopped the van briefly, he called 911 and let the authorities know exactly where they were.

  • He knew the penalty for an escape attempt and wanted to play it safe, and soon the authorities were all over the area, tracking down the inmates, one by one, Coleman and birds were foiled because not everyone they drafted into their escape was on board.

  • Some inmates go further than most to escape, and this next one even got his family involved.

  • Claw vino de Silva was a notorious drug trafficker in Brazil, and he was serving a sentence of more than 70 years when he hatched his escape plan.

  • One of the few people who still visited him on the inside was his 19 year old daughter, and when she arrived, he convinced her to help him.

  • When the daughter left the prison after her visit, everyone noticed she looked a little different, and it didn't take long for the ruse to unravel.

  • It was Covino DeSilva dressed up as his own daughter, and he was less than convincing a tight pink T shirt at a rubber mask that made him look like a cartoon character Weren't fooling anyone making it worse, he left his daughter behind a service sentence.

  • He wound up back in prison, and his daughter found herself facing criminal charges for abetting and escape.

  • One of Brazil's great criminal masterminds found his skills deserting him when it came to getting out of prison Sometimes all it takes is one error to make a great prison escape fall apart.

  • As our last inmate found out, there was no escaping from the most notorious prison in American history, Alcatraz Island.

  • It had one unique security feature, the raging waters off the coast, which made swimming to shore all but impossible.

  • But that didn't stop inmates from trying, and all 14 escape attempts were foiled except for five men who were never found on Lee.

  • One man ever got to shore from Alcatraz Island.

  • His name was John Paul Scott, and he would have been a legend if it wasn't for one major misstep.

  • A bank robber doing 30 years, he was sent to Alcatraz in 1949 and served 13 years before making his move.

  • He snuck out using a rope while on culinary duty and left his injured partner in crime.

  • Behind.

  • He swam all the way toe little Alcatraz, a nearby rock formation, making him the only person to survive the waters without being captured.

  • There was only one problem.

  • He was completely exhausted and collapsed on the rock where he was picked up soon after.

  • Was it possible to escape from Alcatraz.

  • Not for long, but for some crazy escapees that were actually successful.

  • Check out insane ways.

  • Prisoners used peanut butter, cross dressing and fruit to escape prison.

  • And for the ultimate high stakes escape, check out death row inmates escape before execution.

the year was 1953 and British criminal Alfred George Hines was serving 12 years in prison.

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