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  • Mr. Ronaldo Silva, drug trafficker  extraordinaire and budding escape artist,  

  • looks down at his smooth-shaven legsHe runs his hands across his shorn arms.  

  • Just before he leaves his cellhe puckers his lips in the mirror

  • Smiling, he thinks, “Today is  a great day to become a woman.” 

  • It was just another visiting day for the  inmates at the prison in Penedo in the  

  • northeast of Brazil, but for Silva, it wasmake-or-break time in his life as a criminal.  

  • He was about to commit himself to one  of the most daring escapes on record,  

  • and it has to be said, one of the funniest, too. Silva was looking at doing some serious time  

  • behind bars; time he didn't have to spareThat's why he'd already attempted one escape,  

  • but after that failed, he ended  up getting a transfer to Penedo

  • Security there was a bit stricter but not  so thorough any of the guards noticed he'd  

  • shaved all the hair off his legs and arms. He'd  done his best with his face, but what's a man  

  • going to do when he has jet black hair. Silva  didn't exactly make the most convincing woman.

  • When he arrived at the visiting areahe was among a throng of inmates  

  • visiting their nearest and dearest. Silva  sat down across from his wife, still making  

  • sure to hide the fingernails he'd already  decorated with a rather fetching red varnish

  • When the coast was clear, his wife passed  a tube of red lipstick. He did his best to  

  • apply it without the aid of a mirror. The  prison might have been understaffed that  

  • day because not only did his wife manage to  pass him a wig, but the two exchanged clothes

  • Silva slipped on her blue dress, and she donned  his shorts. He tied the dress at the waist with  

  • a black belt and buttoned it above his braNow there was just one thing left: footwear. He  

  • wanted to look the part, but let's just say he'd  not had much practice wearing high-heeled shoes

  • As the buzzer sounded for the end of  visiting time, somehow Silva's wife  

  • mingled with the inmates, and he joined  the group of visitors. Keeping his head  

  • down but struggling to find his balance in  those shoes, he walked right out of prison

  • Outside, among scores of other women, he just  kept on strutting. A wide grin began to form on  

  • his face as he made it down the street. The next  stop was the bus station. There, two men were  

  • waiting on motorcycles to take him to his freedom. But as he picked up the pace in his excitement,  

  • that manly gait of his became more obviousPeople stared at Silva as he hobbled along  

  • on those heels, his 5 o'clock shadow now  looking very out of place with his clothes.  

  • One of those who noticed the strange sight was  a local cop, and he put two and two together

  • Silva's freedom didn't last long. The cop put  Silva back in handcuffs, and soon he was walking  

  • back in the direction of the prison, although  at that point, he'd slipped out of his heels

  • As for his wife, she denied any part in the  escape attempt, saying Silva had just demanded  

  • her clothes. The warden didn't believe that forsecond, although he had to admit the entire thing  

  • had been an embarrassment for the prison. He told the Brazilian media, “At the time  

  • it was visiting hour and there were more than 150  family members inside the prison. But we're taking  

  • measures to ensure this doesn't happen again.” You have to wonder, though, where Silva got the  

  • idea to do such a brazen thing. We think we know

  • In 1973, an American named Dwight Worker found  himself in Lecumberri prison in Mexico City.

  • He'd been given a lengthy prison sentence  for attempting to smuggle cocaine from South  

  • America through to the US. After experiencing  some astoundingly awful conditions in prison,  

  • he made a plan to escape. There  was just one problem, though,  

  • the place was a fortress. The only inmate to have  escaped before was the notorious Pancho Villa.

  • On a visiting day, Worker told his wife, Barbara  Chilcoate, that he had to get out of the hell  

  • hole, otherwise known as theBlack Palace.” It wasn't going to be easy

  • Worker, despite his bad decision to smuggle drugswas a very smart guy. After buying the cocaine in  

  • Peru, he used the knowledge he'd gained working as  an emergency medical technician to build himself  

  • a cast for a fake broken shoulder. He even went  as far as making a bunch of counterfeit x-rays  

  • should anyone question his injury. If anyone asked how he'd managed to  

  • break his shoulder, he'd created  a printout of a newspaper article  

  • that talked about how this American guy had fallen  while climbing up Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador

  • That wasn't a real article, neither were  the hospital receipts he had on him,  

  • which showed how much he'd paid to get himself  fixed up. In Worker's mind, cocaine-addled  

  • as it was in those days, no cop or customs  official would want to break open a man's cast,  

  • especially when he had all that documentation. He snorted a couple of rails in his hotel room  

  • and started making the cast around his bags of  high-quality cocaine. What he didn't bargain  

  • for is customs officials knew every trick in  the book. They certainly were ok with breaking  

  • open a person's cast if they had the slightest  suspicion underneath it lay the devil's dandruff

  • Fast-forward a year or so, and Worker  was sitting in solitary confinement.  

  • He'd already been stabbed, and he'd spent much  of his time with murderers. He'd spent a total  

  • of 41 days in solitary and had been in the prison  hospital three times through injury and illness

  • He later said, “I felt there was a real good  chance I was not going to make this physically,  

  • that I would be killed.” This is how he described the prison

  • At the back of dormitory A were people  who had been completely forgotten,  

  • had no visitors, were crammed 12 intoroom of perhaps two meters by four meters.  

  • They had missing eyes, missing  fingers. I saw dry leprosy.  

  • There were people who had been there  for 30 years without seeing a judge.” 

  • He said it didn't matter one bit that he was  an American. The embassy official told him  

  • that he'd done the crime and he had to do the  time, no matter how inhumane conditions were.  

  • Worker talked about how he'd been stabbed and  extorted, to which the official just said, tough,  

  • this is what you get for trying to smuggle drugs. Worker knew about a law in Mexico calledLa Ley  

  • de Fuga”, which basically meant that if he  was caught trying to escape, they had the  

  • right to kill him. Still, he had to get out. Over time, his wife smuggled in women's makeup,  

  • which he used to practice making  himself look like a passable woman.  

  • On the day of the escape, he applied a lot of  foundation to his face and put on some lipstick

  • He already had a wig that his wife  had smuggled in, and he had a dress.  

  • He also had a pair of high-heels which  he said weren't easy to walk in at all.  

  • On the big day, he used a visitor's pass as  well as his drag suit to get outside the prison

  • He then met up with his wife at a designated spot  and later took a bus to the border of Tucson,  

  • Arizona. With the help of some fake documentshe was soon on American soil once again

  • Worker later became a professor, wrotebook, and has appeared on TV a few times

  • So, it seems escaping prison dressed aswoman can work. You probably need a bit of  

  • practice wearing high heels, although we  think a good amount of luck is required

  • You also need a good outfit. Perhaps no better  outfit has ever been made than the one used by  

  • the next man we are going to talk about. His name was Clauvino da Silva

  • NicknamedShorty,” he was somewhat short in  stature, although this helped when he tried to  

  • escape a Brazilian prison in 2019. He not only had a wig, a bra,  

  • a teenager girl's top, but he'd got his hands on  a silicone mask in the style of a young woman.

  • Da Silva certainly looked the part, although  his uncanny female mask was maybe a bit too  

  • distressing to pass as believable. The guards  pulled him up, and his cunning plan was thwarted

  • Still, facing a 73-year prison  term for a drug offense,  

  • it's no wonder he planned an escapeHis 19-year old daughter was in on it,  

  • of course, and she was later charged  with aiding a prisoner's escape attempt.  

  • It was she and some other relatives  who'd brought in all the necessary items.

  • You can't blame a girl for trying to help  her father, especially given that he was  

  • not due out of prison until his hair turned gray. The last thing you'd expect, though, is a family  

  • member in prison turning on another family member. That happened in Peru in 2016. A young man named  

  • Alexander Delgado was serving 16 years  when he got an idea of how to escape.

  • It required the unwitting help of his loving twin  brother, Giancarlo. Giancarlo went to visit his  

  • brother and woke up on the other side of the bars. Alexander had slipped some drugs into Giancarlo's  

  • drink, after which he fell asleep. Alexander then  stripped down and got into his brother's clothes,  

  • and since they looked identical, once  Alexander had walked out of the prison gates,  

  • the guards didn't believe Giancarlo  when he told them what had happened

  • As unbelievable as this soundsGiancarlo wasn't believed until he  

  • complained enough to make the authorities take  his fingerprints. After that, he was released,  

  • although his brother managed to stay out of prison  for another 13 months before he was recaptured

  • The prison authorities of course were never  certain that the brothers had planned all of this,  

  • and Giancarlo wasn't the  victim he said he was. Still,  

  • an investigation seemed to point to his innocence. That kind of thing has happened before. Notably,  

  • one case involved a serial killer and one  of the world's most notorious scammers,  

  • Charles Sobhraj, akathe Bikini Killer,”  or possibly known to you asThe Serpent.”

  • This psychopath fits the worddevilishlikeglove. His cunning knew no end, and he was always  

  • prepared to ditch, sacrifice, or kill anyone  close to him. To his credit, he was also arguably  

  • the best prison escape artist of all time. One of those escapes involved his half-brother,  

  • Andre. The two had been arrested in  Greece, although Andre was basically  

  • a petty criminal compared to his brother. When  both were in jail for a small jewel robbery,  

  • Charles convinced Andre to pretend to be him. Charles was a wanted man at this point in many  

  • countries, and so if the authorities realized  they had a very wanted criminal on their hands,  

  • things could have gotten very bad for him. SoCharles told his brother, if you pretend to be  

  • me and I pretend to be you, once they find out  they have it wrong, I'll be across the border,  

  • and they'll have no choice but to release youseeing that you don't have a criminal history

  • They did this, but Charles managed to escape from  a prison van after pulling one of his old tricks,  

  • feigning an illness. That left Andre in prison  with the authorities thinking he was Charles

  • Andre told them that it was actually Charles  that had escaped, which took a lot of convincing.  

  • He served almost three years anywayand Charles went on to do all sorts  

  • of dastardly things in the years ahead. Now you need to watchThe Most Insane  

  • Ways Men Escaped from Prison.” Or, have  a look atDumb Prison Escape Attempts.”

Mr. Ronaldo Silva, drug trafficker  extraordinaire and budding escape artist,  

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How I Escaped Prison Disguised as My Wife

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    Summer posted on 2021/11/04
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