Breakout

Breakout

Synopsis

This high octane series documents in gripping detail the dramatic stories behind some of the most high profile jailbreaks in recent history, and the ingenious detective work that led to the escapees successful recapture. Each breakout is told by the dangerous and often highly intelligent criminals who escape, and the professional, determined law enforcement teams who hunt them down.

Episodes

Season 2
  • Tunnel Break

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    Three inmates hatch a daring and ingenious plan to escape from Indiana State Prison, where many of the prisoners are locked up for murder. Convicted rapist Lance Battreal decides to break out when he learns his father is ill and could die within months. In 2009 he and convicted killers Mark Booher and Charlie Smith dig their way into a system of tunnels under the prison. They cut through a series of security gates to reach a narrow storm drain which leads all the way a nearby city. They must crawl much of the way, in a journey as tortuous as it is long. But when they exit a manhole on 10th Street they are free. Hours later the escape is discovered...

  • The Connecticut Conspiracy

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    In Somers Prison, Connecticut, Ronald Rutan, who is serving a 19 year sentence for burglary meets Frank Vandever, a former-stock broker and cross-dresser who is serving 40 years for murdering a former client. In spite of their differences, they share a common goal - getting out. They use their privileged positions working in the kitchens to smuggle in tools and evade security. They use Rutan's quiet recycling area to cut their way through window bars, disguising the cuts with peanut butter before cutting through the prison fences and making their escape. The cops spend more than two weeks struggling with hundreds of false leads looking for Vandever...

  • Freedom Fighter Escape

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    This is the amazing story of how three men crafted wooden keys to unlock their way out of South Africas secure Pretoria Prison. Set against the backdrop of the notorious period of apartied in South Africa, the three terrorists, Tim Jenkin, Stephen Lee and Alex Moumbaris, considered themselves political prisoners and are determined to escape. They approached this challenge with audacity and ingenuity, making and testing keys fashioned in wood work classes right under the noses of their captors and smuggling these parts around the prison. Over months of trial and error, they unlocked their cells and then tested their keys on each of the ten doors...

  • Escape From Supermax

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    Mississippi State Penitentiary, May 28, 2000: armed robber Roy Harper and his buddy, murderer John Woolard, achieve the impossible. They break out of Unit 32, the prisons notorious supermax facility. Harper and Woolard had cut through their cell windows undetected using hacksaw blades smuggled into the unit. On the night of the escape they crawl across a floodlit courtyard and cut through two perimeter fences covered by gun towers before reaching freedom. They leave a trail of destruction as the police and FBI pursue them across the USA. The manhunt climaxes with a dramatic shootout at an Indiana truck stop.

  • Escape From Indian River

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    At Indian River County Jail in Florida, Rondell Reed is sent into maximum security, pending trial for murder. Almost as soon as he arrives in jail, Reed starts looking for a way to escape. He struggles to see a way through the jails security until he meets Leviticus (Levi) Taylor, another prisoner also pending trial for murder. Taylor already has a plan to bust out using a hacksaw smuggled into the jail. Using the blade the two men escape into the ventilation system, climb into a utility room, open a door that leads onto the recreation yard and get past fences. On discovering the escape, sheriffs deputies and US Marshals mount a full-scale manhunt....

  • Southsider Gang

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    Dangerous gang members Tommy Valdez, Johnathon 'Snoopy' Rodriguez and Arturo Torres plan to escape from Grant County Detention Center in New Mexico. They discover a pipe chase that they hope will lead them to freedom. Inside, they slowly cut their way through the prison's roof. The escapees evade the police and make their way to a safe house. Now armed and high on drugs, the three men make for the Mexican border, with the police in hot pursuit.

  • The Real Macgyver

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    Convicted murderer, Harold Laird is known in prison as 'MacGyver' for his ability to repair things using everyday materials. He is moved to the Stiles maximum security prison in Beaumont, Texas where he is placed in a block that houses white supremacist gang members. He fears the other prisoners are out to get him and goes about planning an escape using tools as simple as dental floss and a sheet.

  • Island Fortress

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    Sent to Parkhurst Prison, for arson and conspiring to cause explosions, Matthew Williams was determined to escape, but knew it was going to be difficult. Parkhurst was not only surrounded by multiple fences-- it was on an island. Even if he got out of the prison he'd have to find a way to get off the island. But Matthew is determined. He teams up with other prisoners and makes a key that can open many of the prison doors. They also assemble a ladder in the metal workshop, keeping it in pieces to make it less conspicuous. They make it out, but getting off the island is much trickier. Their plan to steal a plane fails and, after hiding out for a...