Sirens pierced the tranquil night as prison guards found their bound and gagged colleague wearing only socks and underwear.
A searchlight illuminated the rope ladder hanging from the fence and the headcount was short one inmate. Notorious murderer Joe Kelleher was loose.
Standing in the prison yard, Joe watched everyone follow his decoys. He examined himself before proceeding. The stolen guard’s uniform was slightly too big and he’d tucked in the excess fabric. It looked believable.
Volunteering to help search, Joe strode through the prison’s front gate as everyone scrambled ahead to find him. Once on the other side, he grinned.