It was the kind of daring escape you’d only expect to see in a movie. Two convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. More than ten days later, their whereabouts are still unknown.

Prison Break

On Saturday June 6, guards noticed that two prisoners were missing from adjoining cells. The inmates had placed extra clothing on their beds to make it appear that they were fast asleep. An intense investigation began once this ruse was discovered.


So how did Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility? It appears they had insider help to get started.


The men used tools to cut holes in the back of their cells. Those tools are said to have been supplied by Joyce Mitchell, an employee at the Clinton Correctional Facility. There’s been much speculation about why she did this. A prevailing theory is that the inmates threatened her husband’s life if she didn’t help.


After the prisoners cut through their cell bars, they navigated a 6-story high catwalk and made their way to a large pipe. From there the men cut a hole in the pipe and walked about 400 feet to get beyond the prison walls. Upon reaching their destination, Matt and Sweat used a manhole to complete their escape.


It’s believed that the men expected to be met by Joyce Mitchell, but she never showed. The fugitives may have been forced to set off on foot. No one knows for sure what happened, or where they went.


The Manhunt

This risky breakout sparked a massive manhunt. Both Richard Matt and David Sweat are considered to be highly dangerous. Now they are running for their lives, which makes them an extreme threat to everyone they encounter.


Law enforcement officials received several tips from witnesses who may have seen the pair, including a man who claims he saw them walking in a torrential downpour, and a taxi driver who may have unwittingly given them a ride.


The men were thought to be hiding in the woods near Dannemora. There were signs that someone had been sleeping and eating in that area, but no proof it was them. Officials admit the two men could be most anywhere.


While hopes are high that the killers will be found soon, their trail has gone completely cold.


Criminal History

David Sweat and Richard Matt are both convicted murderers. They were locked up for gruesome and violent crimes. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to their capture.


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It’s been more than a week since Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped. For now, the world will continue to watch breathlessly for the conclusion of this terrifying, yet intriguing story. Many people will not feel safe until these men are caught.


We all hope this situation will end quickly, and without violence.