This weekend two murderers escaped from high-security prison in upstate New York. Using drills to cut a hole in the wall, they escaped through an elaborate pipe system. They even created dummies and left behind a mocking note for police investigators.
The problem with these comparisons? Prison Break and Shawshank Redemption characters were arguable portrayed as innocent geniuses. These guys are real convicted murders.
We empathize with these characters in Shawshank and Prison Break. We think of them as “badass” and “cool." Portrayal is big, and even talking with friends these real-life guy's escaping are already seen as “cool." It perpetuates the “F-the system” mentality, when we should be concerned for our safety and supporting investigators.
CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said. "Because they're stone-cold killers, you would expect them to stop at nothing to get out of the prison and to maintain their freedom once they are out. That means they could have invaded one of the local homes in that small down, killed the people, stole their car, and driven halfway across the United States by the time (authorities) even know they were gone. So the police are going to have to check for the well being of every resident in the town.”
And nothing is cool about that.