Originally Posted by rdgrimes
I thought the series made it pretty clear that there wasn't a whole brain in the lot of them. The surprise wasn't in the outcome, but in the fact that they got out at all.
Not if your familiar with the prison itself. This is a very old prison. It's older than Alcatraz, and there was a big escape there. The escape there was very similar to this one.
(Openned in 1845)
(Expanded 1887) 60ft tall walls added
(Expanded 1899) Dannemora State Hospital built inside for insane criminals
(Expanded / Closures 1929-1941) Riots prompted changes:
Renovation or Rebuilding on inside structures "modernizition"
Church of St. Dismas, the Good Thief was built from 1939 to 1941
Mental Institutions closed and converted into an annex to house more prisoners.
On June 6, 2015, inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, both serving sentences for murder, escaped from the facility. Two prison employees, Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer, were charged with aiding the escape. On June 26, Matt was shot and killed by a Vermont border patrol agent in the town of Malone, New York. Two days later, Sweat was shot by a New York State Trooper and subsequently captured. In
the days after the escape some prisoners reported having been beaten by guards in an attempt to obtain information as to the whereabouts and plans of the escaped inmates
Alcatraz (Opened August 11, 1934 - Closed March 21, 1963)
The main prison building was built in 1910–1912 during its time as a United States Army military prison Alcatraz had been the site of a Fort Alcatraz since the 1860s. Alcatraz had been acquired by the United States Department of Justice on October 12, 1933, and the island became a prison of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 1934 after the buildings were "modernized" to meet the requirements of a top-notch security prison.
"Escape from Alcatraz"
On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin carried out one of the most intricate escapes ever devised. Behind the prisoners' cells in Cell Block B (where the escapees were interned)
was an unguarded 3-foot (0.91 m) wide utility corridor. The prisoners chiselled away the moisture-damaged concrete from around an air vent leading to this corridor, using tools such as a metal spoon soldered with silver from a dime and an electric drill improvised from a stolen vacuum cleaner motor. The noise was disguised by accordions played during music hour, and the progress was concealed by false walls which, in the dark recesses of the cells, fooled the guards. The escape route led up through a fan vent; the prisoners removed the fan and motor, replacing them with a steel grill and leaving a shaft large enough for a prisoner to enter. Stealing a carborundum abrasive cord from the prison workshop, the prisoners then removed the rivets from the grill. In their beds, they placed papier-mâché dummies made with human hair stolen from the barbershop. The escapees also constructed an inflatable raft over many weeks from over 50 stolen raincoats, which they prepared on the top of the cellblock, concealed from the guards by sheets which had been put up over the sides. They escaped through a vent in the roof and departed Alcatraz.
Big difference, the Alcatraz escape was successful.