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Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State

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Jonathan Yen

9 Hours 23 Minutes

HighBridge Company

February 2019

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In June 2015 two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York's 'North Country,' launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells, followed a network of tunnels and pipes under the thirty-foot prison wall, and climbed out of a manhole to freedom.

For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. The manhunt made front-page headlines-as did the prison sex scandal involving both inmates and Joyce Mitchell-and culminated in a dramatic and bloody standoff.

Now Charles A. Gardner-a lifelong resident of the community and a former prison guard who began his training at Clinton and ultimately oversaw the training of staff in twelve prisons, including Clinton-tells the whole story from an insider's point of view.

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  • Kevin N.

    As a resident of Malone NY I lived through this event. It turned our world upside down. Charles Gardner gives us the real story of the escape. This book is well written and accurately conveys the history of what happened. His description of the crimes that these escapees committed that brought them to Clinton Correctional were particularly chilling. If this escape interests you at all, you do not have the full story until you read this book.

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