New York Prison Escape Among Decade's Most Audacious Breakouts

The upstate New York prison break of two inmates who squeezed through underground pipes last weekend was among a handful of recent daring escapes by U.S. convicts whom experts describe as ingenious and willing to risk it all to flee a life behind bars.
Escape schemes as cunning as slipping out of prison in a mail sack or using a can opener to cut through the ceiling of a jail house kitchen have been employed in the past decade. As of Friday, authorities are still searching for convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat who were discovered missing from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6. They had busted through metal walls, crawled through pipes and popped out a manhole on the street. On their way out, they left a taunting note, "Have a nice day!"
Similarly audacious was a December 2007 escape by two prisoners from a New Jersey lockup who left behind a note, "Happy Holidays!"