John Dillinger was an American gangster from the Depression-era. He worked with a group of guys that were known as the Dillinger Gang or the Terror Gang. They were accused of robbing 24 banks and four different police stations over their time.
After being on a yearlong crime spree, he was America’s public enemy No. 1. He was finally caught and arrested in Tuscon, Arizona back in January of 1934. He was brought to Lake County Jail in Indiana and charged with killing a police officer during a bank robbery. The jail was even called “escape-proof,” but he changed that quickly.
Dillinger, along with another inmate, supposedly used a fake gun that was carved out of wood and blackened with shoe polish to force their way out of the prison. He was somehow convincing enough with his actions that nobody on duty got a good look at the fake gun, and just assumed it was real. He escaped in the sheriff’s brand new V-8 Ford.
The Crown Point Sheriff, Lillian Holley, ended up being quoted saying “If I ever see John Dillinger, I’ll shot him dead with my own pistol.”
On June 11, 1962, criminals Frank Lee Morris escaped from “The Rock” in San Francisco Bay along with brothers John and Clarence Anglin.
For them to do this, they planned out an incredible plan. The trio made a mixture of soap, toilet paper, and real hair to make fake heads for their beds to throw off the night time guards. Over the course of an entire year, they used crude tools to slowly dig a tunnel in their cell walls that led them to one of the unused service corridors. From there, they climbed onto a vent in order to reach the roof of the facility.
Prisons are made to keep the prisoners in… but what happens when that plan fails?