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Dannemora [PDF / EPUB] Dannemora The Prison Break the Manhunt the Inside StoryIn June 2015 two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in New York's North Country launching the most ext The Prison Break the Manhunt the Inside StoryIn June 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 freedomFor 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 standoffNow Charles A Gardner a lifelong resident of the community and a former correction officer 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 viewFrom the lax ethics and sexual hunger that drove Joyce Mitchell to fraternize with Matt and Sweat smuggle them tools and offer to be their getaway driver to the state budget cuts that paved the way for prison corruption to the brave and tireless efforts to bring the escaped killers to justice Dannemora is a gripping account of the circumstances that led to the bold breakout and the twenty three day search that culminated in one man dead and one man back in custody and lingering uestions about those who set the deadly drama in motion.


10 thoughts on “Dannemora

  1. says:

    Dannemora Two Escaped Killers Three Weeks of Terror and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York StateThis is my second book on this breakout so I’m fairly familiar with the subject The author retired from 25 years in corrections and was born and raised in that area He is currently a municipal court judge I was interested in the subject so I thought I’d go for another viewpoint This book is a good mix of background on the escapees and the lead up to the escape the two employees that were involved and then the story of the escape itself The writing is fine and moves along well making this a good book for those interested in the topic My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley author Charles A Gardner and the publisher for my fair reviewFull review is on my BookZone blog


  2. says:

    Well written and researched account of not only the escape and manhunt but a detailed history of the prison prison system and corrections Of course I recall as does the author the media covering the shocking aspects of the case while completely ignoring the political incompetence that created the atmosphere for the protocol breeches All this led to one very expense labor intensive manhunt The police corrections officers those involved in the actual search and the residents of the area are the real heroes in this page tuner The Governor in front of the cameras every available moment never took responsibility for his administration's grievous mistakes Nothing has changed to this day


  3. says:

    RATING 4 STARSReview Not on BlogI first heard about the escape in Dannemora on a true crime show and was interested in knowing about the case This was a well written and researched book It outlines the timeline and also the history of the town and prison It was a uick read for me as the story was engaging as a novel I did read another book on the topic Wild Escape The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America and found it very dry I was hoping to watch the mini series Dannemora but couldn't get into after reading Wild Escape I need a bit of a distance before trying the mini series again


  4. says:

    Dannemora is a fascinating work of non fiction I don't recall this event and read the book with no prior knowledge Based on a 2015 prison break and manhunt it's hard to stop reading once you start It's an intriguing and different look at how something like a manhunt plays out The difficulties the highs and lows of the operation It's truly fascinating and relevant to society today It's a thought provoking well written and researched account of this event I recommend for anyone with an interest in the reality of what happened Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review


  5. says:

    Not only is the narrative blunt but the author enables the reader to get an eye opening view not only into the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat but into the NYS Department of Corrections the Clinton Correctional Facility at Dannemora as well as the restrictions and additional duties our correctional staff must perform without any increase in staffLt Gardner goes into the history of these two men and how they got to Clinton Correctional Matt and Sweat were cunning and able to manipulate their way into working at the tailor shops It was there that they encountered supervisor Joyce Mitchell who seemed to think she was above the regulations regarding interactions between staff and inmates She eventually smuggled the tools used by the men to cut through their cell walls into the catwalks and into the metal tunnels that led to outside the walls She even agreed to be their getaway driver she was unable to provide that service due to an anxiety attack that landed her in the hospital the night of the escapeBut it wasn't only Mitchell and her inappropriate behavior An escort guard who allowed Matt to skip going through the metal detector was also complacent Corcraft which operates several industries in the prison system who focused on fulfilling vendor orders than security matters Various other inmates guards and supervisors that saw Mitchell's friendliness with the inmate 'employees' and failed to report it Or if they did were ignored by higher upsIt is exceedingly fortunate that these escapees didn't kill any civilians or police officers during their escape as well during the search Breaking into hunting camps Matt and Sweat gained shelter food supplies guns and ammunition as well as the alcohol which led to Sweat abandoning Matt and Matt's eventual confrontation but they didn't confront any of the owners who checked on their property during the searchGardner even goes into the results of the investigation performed by an outside agency into Clinton and the escape As expected supervisory civilian and uniformed personnel were found at fault Some were forced into retirement Some returned to their jobs after being penalized So who is to blame for the 'do with less' ethic that led to empty wall towers insufficient manpower to perform inspections and inability to declare lock downs without Albany's approval That would be Albany who made the policies and procedures which failed and they didn't take any of the blame The only negative I could say is that it would have been a nice addition to have a map of the area around Clifton Correctional and the search area Being able to refer to it as the manhunt proceeded would have clarified the inmates journeyOtherwise excellent book Very accessible Writing style smooth and fast moving And on a personal note thanks to the men and women who were involved in the search 2019 111


  6. says:

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews I let them do itThe Prison Break the Manhunt the Inside Story 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 correction officer 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 From the lax ethics and sexual hunger that drove Joyce Mitchell to fraternize with Matt and Sweat smuggle them tools and offer to be their getaway driver to the state budget cuts that paved the way for prison corruption to the brave and tireless efforts to bring the escaped killers to justice Dannemora is a gripping account of the circumstances that led to the bold breakout and the twenty three day search that culminated in one man dead and one man back in custody—and lingering uestions about those who set the deadly drama in motionI love reading about stupid people and these people take the cake I have not seen Escape at Dannemora on the telly but I did follow the case and was gobsmacked at the stupidity of the jail guard and the prisoners who escaped This is a well researched and presented account of the event and will be loved by my non fiction book club come spring I truly enjoyed the correctional officer's view on it as my husband works in security and we could not believe what was happening Any fan of the news or the tv show would enjoy this book as well As always I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of Instagram and Twitter so let's give it 👮🗝️🗽🔫🌲


  7. says:

    In 2015 two inmates in the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora NY escaped through underground pipes in a daring escape that seemed similar to that in Shawshank Redemption However these convicts were convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat who cut holes in the back walls of their cells and escaped They were assisted by Correctional Officer Joyce Mitchell who had a relationship with both men and had been bringing in contraband For three weeks hundreds of police officers combed the swamps looking for Matt and Sweat before Matt was shot and killed and Sweat remained on the run and was apprehended after being shot himself Gardner gives the rest of the story whose head rolled and who escaped the wrath of politics Gardner based on his 25 years of experience in the prison system laid the blame of the ordeal at the feet of politicians who had cut cut cut the budget and manpower to a point where to do the job was to actually curb the policies The book is clearly written in a succinct and concise way that wastes no words Thus the pace of the book adds to the excitement of the book I found it totally engaging and was interested in the issues surrounding how the escape was accomplished and who would pay after all taxpayer money was spent attempting to make the recovery If you are interested in penology correctional management or a true crime read this is for you 4 stars Happy Reading


  8. says:

    Joyce Mitchell was a messed up lonely woman living in the wildest part of upper New York State when she like many residents in that area went to work for the prison systemit seems prisons are a big industry in that part of the state She met and married another employee and they worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora for years with her job being a supervisor of the prisoners who worked in the tailor shop they make than license plates it seems While there she got friendly – VERY friendly—with convicted double murderer Richard Matt and cop killer David Sweat who used her vulnerability to develop a strong enough bond that she was willing to smuggle in the tools they needed to break outThe plan was for her to be waiting when they emerged from manhole cover outside the prison then they would all jump in her car and be off to Mexico and freedom But the night they made their escape she had a panic attack was taken to the hospital emergency room and freaked out enough to rat them out The next three weeks there was the biggest manhunt in New York history as they tried to survive long enough to get awayThe author of Dannemora is a lifelong resident of the area and former correctional officer and trainer who began his career at the Dannemora prison and he is a terrific writer This is at once a fascinating true crime story a look at the lengths to which a lonely woman can be manipulated and the conditions and circumstances both at the prison in uestion and throughout the prison system all the way to the Governor’s office in Albany which led to the escape I particularly appreciated the revelations about the use of prison labor for profit the ethical lapses among the employees and the political mess that brought enough budget cuts to make it impossible for the guards to do their work as regulations dictatedWith thanks to Kensington BooksCitadel and NetGalley this is a strong four stars And I still don’t get how Joyce’s husband stuck with her and it annoys the hell out of me that she is still entitled to her entire pension


  9. says:

    I must've been in a media blackout period when this escape happened because I don't remember shit about it But that means I'm the perfect reader for it right?What a crazy and frustrating story about neglect mental illness criminal behavior prison ineptness and the stress of law enforcement Gardner seems to struggle a little in determining the appropriate moment of reveal to keep the reader engaged and to avoid repetition but despite this occasional flaw he manages to pull lots of threads together into a fast paced story I was into this enough that it kept me up a night or two but I can't bring myself to up the star rating because the bias is undeniable and yet mostly unacknowledged Gardner is a retired prison worker and he lives in the area which he is upfront about While both of these things probably gave him access to information unavailable to others he isn't able to use that info completely objectively His anger at those who helped these criminals escape directly or indirectly is understandable and his dislike of former Gov Cuomo is palpable but unnecessary to what is being presented as a non fiction account of the facts I suppose the opposite view of the issue is that Gardner was upfront about his bias so it's up to the reader to decide if anything smelling like opinion is worth taking as fact This is one of those you can't make this stuff up stories that true crime reader will love and that general readers will enjoy because of the fast pace and detailed character studies


  10. says:

    This might be a controversial opinion but this book reminded me of In Cold Blood It begins with descriptive language setting the scene of the small town near where the prison break occurred The background information on the town the prison and the prisoners was fascinating The organization with each of these background sections followed by sections on the prison break the manhunt and the aftermath really worked for meThe author's perspective as a local and a retired correctional officer was noticeable in his description of both the experience of living near the manhunt and his description of prison routines Fortunately I still thought his conclusions were even handed He pointed out where prison staff had made mistakes while giving specific examples of places where budget cuts also enabled the escape He occasionally got weirdly macho about his own experiences and not all of his humor landed for me but overall this was a great readThis review was originally posted on Doing Dewey


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