Shawshank Redemption and Prison Break have made these kind of escapes look easy. Although in reality, breaking out is nothing like Hollywood portrays it. In these following cases, creativity and determination have come in to play for all of these escapees. Some should rightly be locked away behind bars, whereas for others – prisoners of war – this was their last chance of hope…
10. Pascal Payet’s Helicopter Escape
Originally incarcerated for a murder following a botched robbery, Pascal Payet had his friends pick him up from the roof of a jail in Luynes, France, in a hijacked helicopter on October 12th, 2001. Two years later, he re-visited the prison with another helicopter, helping three others escape.
In 2007, Payet was arrested again, only to escape from the Grasse prison in southeast France – again – you guessed it – by hijacked helicopter. His accomplices forced the pilot to fly them to the Mediterranean, after which, they let the pilot go and disappeared. He was recaptured, this time found in Barcelona, and on April 8th, 2011, re-sentenced to fifteen years including an extra five years for the escape attempts. So far no helicopters have been seen close to the prison.