“Shawshank Redemption” Evoked in Prison Break

Two inmates in the most secure part of an Elizabeth, New Jersey prison escaped this week and are currently at large, reports the New York Times. The convicts, 32-year-old Otis Blunt and 19-year-old Jose Espinosa, dug away at the mortar surrounding a cinderblock, removed that cinderblock, and wriggled through the hole. They then jumped from the roof over a fence and made their way to freedom.

If this sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen “The Shawshank Redemption,” in which Tim Robbins plays a character who does exactly that. And here’s the kicker: Blunt actually attempted a similar getaway in September of this year!

After his first escape attempt, he was placed in a more secure cell but, apparently, it wasn’t secure enough. Now, I’ve never run a prison myself, but I would think that, given Blunt’s record for attempting to escape by chiseling through walls, oh, I don’t know–SOMEONE WOULD HAVE MONITORED THAT.

The two men have not been found, and investigators are broadening their search area in hopes of catching the men, whom they believe to be still in New Jersey.

And they say you can’t learn anything from watching movies.


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