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10 “impregnable” prisons, of which still managed to escape

The prison is a place for criminals, and it is assumed that prisoners do not have the opportunity to escape. But the desire for freedom is such that, from time to time, even among the most guarded prisons they flee, displaying wonders of ingenuity. Moreover, history knows a very entertaining case, when shoots were made from prisons, about which the glory of reliable and impregnable people walked.

1. Lead prison
Italian adventurer, writer and playboy Giacomo Casanova was once imprisoned in the infamous Piombi prison (“Lead prison”) for insulting religion and “rules of decency”. The 30-year-old Casanova was imprisoned almost immediately after his arrest on July 26, 1755, sentencing him to 5 years in prison. After he was refused in court and did not even bother to explain what exactly the charges were convicted, Casanova planned to escape with the help of a renegade priest who was in the next cell. The priest used a sharpened rod to make a hole in the ceiling, climbed through it and made a hole in the ceiling of the Casanova’s chamber. The adventurer left behind me in the cell a note with the words from the Psalm “I will not die, but I will live and proclaim the works of the Lord.” Casanova described this flight in detail 30 years later in one of his books.

2. The prison of Imraly
Back in the 1940s, the Turkish government began to actively fight drug smugglers. Billy Hayes was a young American student who was arrested for smuggling 1.8 kilograms of hashish in Turkey. Four years later, two months before his release, he learned that he had been increased to a life sentence, and Billy was transferred to a psychiatric prison hospital. In the end, his term was “reduced” to 30 years, and the American was transferred to Imrali prison on July 11, 1975, but he stayed there for only a few months. On October 2, 1975, after 3 fruitless attempts to escape, Hayes escaped from the island prison, kidnapping a rowing boat, which reached the Bandyrma. There he was hidden by the locals. Then he went to Greece, from where he was deported to Frankfurt, Germany, where the future writer was kept behind bars for several weeks before he finally got his freedom. Hayes wrote about his escape in the book “Midnight Express”, which later was shot the same film.

3. Libby Prison
The civil war in the United States has become shameful in terms of terrible prison conditions, both in the Union and the Confederation of the southern states. The prison of the southern city of Andersonville was known for its devil-may-care attitude towards prisoners, but no one managed to escape from it. This cannot be said of Libby Prison in Richmond, in which in 1864 there was a single escape, and it was really epic. In February 1864 A total of 109 Union officers managed to escape from Libby prison.

The escape was led by Colonel Thomas Rose of the 77th Infantry Regiment of Pennsylvania, who, with his subordinates captured by subordinates, dug a 15-meter tunnel leading to the nearby wasteland. Since no one believed that you could escape from prison, the guards didn’t even pay attention to the multitude of people leaving through the gate in the neighboring area. The alarm was raised only after 12 hours, and half of the fugitives managed to successfully escape.

4. Tower of London
John Gerard was a Jesuit priest who worked secretly from the authorities, because in the Elizabethan era, the workers of the Catholic Church were persecuted. The priest became known for avoiding arrest for nearly a decade, but eventually John ended up in the notorious Tower of London, where he was tortured for alleged crimes. The Tower was known as a prison in which many people only entered, and never went back, but this cannot be said of Gerard. On the night of October 3, 1597, Gerard escaped from the Tower along with Nicholas Owen, a Jesuit, best known as “Little John.” They were handed “out of will” a rope, on which Gerard came down from the wall, despite the fact that his hands were disfigured by torture. After escaping to continental Europe, Gerard wrote a book about his torture and escape

5. Camp 14
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