A lot of us were fascinated by theÂ escape from Dannemora, so theÂ 150 page report on last year’s prison breakÂ is like a wonderful gift fromÂ Inspector GeneralÂ Catherine Leahy Scott.
The report is crammed withÂ minute details about theÂ incident, and much of it is served up by none other than escapee David Sweat. Matt took his side of the tale to the grave.
It’s also containsÂ some funny things, like the instructions Sweat gave Joyce Mitchell about meeting them after they emerged on the other side of the wall:
â€œI told her you can leave the car running, shut your headlights and stuff off, and youâ€™ll get out of the car, act like youâ€™re talking on the phone, because everybody knows youâ€™re not allowed to drive and talk on the phone…”
Yes, everybody knows you’re not allowed to drive and talk on the phone.
Anyway, I give the report two thumbs up!
Lot’s of people say that the Dannemora escapeÂ would make a good movie, and perhaps it would, but I think it needsÂ someone to root for.Â MaybeÂ we could write in a third escapee, someone forced to go along against his will, a character convicted of something less contemptible than the murderous Matt and Sweat. How about an Â art thief? Then he could turn the tables on the evil pair — Â and in the end get the girl. We’d glam her up a bit, of course. Hey, it’s Hollywood.