Famous Escapes

Famous Escapes - As long as there have been ways to incarcerate people whether behind bars or through immoral ownership there have been escapes. Some are unsuccessful, such as the recent case of a 20-year-old man who jumped out of a moving police car, pictured here. And others are daring and brave and are among some of the most famous escapes in history.


In its 29 years of operation, the infamous prison on an island witnessed numerous escape attempts. Almost all inmates who tried to escape were caught or killed, alcatraz 14 escape attempts, except for participants in the mysterious and intricate 1937 and 1962 attempts:

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Libby Prison

Libby Prison in Richmond, Va, was one of the most infamous jails used in the American conflict known as the War Between the States. One of the country's most daring and organized breakouts happened there when 109 soldiers attempted escape. libby prison escape tunnel through prison basement vacant lot, Libby Prison escape 17 days of digging, libby prison escape 59 succeeded union lines,

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is a well-known African-American humanitarian, abolitionist and spy who risked her life to help dozens of slaves escape. Before that, Tubman was enslaved herself and endured a life of violence and abuse. She freed herself in 1849. harriet tubman helped slaves escape Underground Railroad, harriet tubman escape from slavery, harriet tubman railroad ninety miles five days three weeks,

Giacomo Casanova

An insatiable womanizer whose name has become synonymous with the art of seduction, Giacomo Casanova was also responsible for one of the greatest prison breaks of all time. He was imprisoned in 1753 at Leads, but he wasn't there for long. Casanova tunnel through the ceiling, Giacomo Casanova after escape  Casanova reached Paris, giacomo casanova bribed his way to freedom, Giacomo Casanova Story of My Flight, giacomo casanova arrested witchcraft,

Alfréd Wetzler

Alfréd Wetzler, along with a man named Rudolph Vrba, was one of very few Jews to escape a notorious Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. He is responsible for the first report about the camp that detailed its layout and inner workings. alfred wetzler ground plan gas chambers crematoriums, alfred wetzler hollowed hiding place in a wood pile, Auschwitz, Tomb of Four Million People,

Pascal Payet

This French criminal gained infamy for his Hollywood-style prison escapes. Pascal Payet was originally given a 30-year sentence, but his 2001 escape attempt, a 2003 breakout plan and his latest antics have earned him more time behind bars. pascal payet helicopter escapes, pascal payet 2001 escape luynes prison helicopter, pascal payet organized helicopter escape of three men, pascal payet hijacked helicopter escape, payet aircraft landed cannes fled, escaped killer pascal payet caught 2007,

John Dillinger

Depression-era gangster and notorious American bank robber John Dillinger was no stranger to prison breaks when he engineered a bold getaway from an "escape-proof" county jail. john dillinger escaped jail twice, John Dillinger "escape-proof” Lake County Jail, john dillinger fake gun force out of jail, john dillinger stole sheriffs ford escape chicago, john dillinger cause of death,

Ellen & William Craft

A slave in Macon, Ga., and illegitimate daughter of a white plantation owner, Ellen Craft, along with her husband, William, is among the most famous people to escape from slavery. ellen craft posed white man, ellen william craft escaped philadelphia christmas day, ellen william craft decided escape to england,

Dieter Dengler

Dieter Dengler was a Unites States Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. He was one of seven who famously escaped from a jungle prison camp in a Southeast Asian country.dieter dengler plane shot down anti aircraft fire, dieter dengler group grabbed guards weapons, dieter dengler 23 days jungle, dieter dengler one of two survivors escape,

The Great Escape

It's called The Great Escape due to the scale and complexity of this infamous prison break during World War II. In 1943, Roger Bushell organized the plot for a mass escape from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. prison three men dug tunnels 30 feet past the main fence, the great escape tunnel short forest in clear sight of guards, the great escape only three evaded capture,

The Texas Seven
Seven Texas inmates carried out an elaborate breakout scheme from a maximum-security prison in 2000. texas seven execution, texas seven prison pickup-truck to escape, texas seven overpowered officers inmates, america's most wanted,