DANNEMORA, NY - A pair of convicted killers are on the run after escaping in grand theatrical style from the maximum security prison at Clinton Correctional Facility.
The duo, 48-year-old Richard Matt and 34-year-old David Sweat, apparently copied the infamous 1962 escape from Alcatraz technique and stuffed dummies in their beds to fool guards. Then they crawled through a series of tunnels and down a six-story catwalk, using power tools to cut through steel pipes in the same vein as the movie, 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
"There is no doubt that this was an extraordinary act," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York. "You have a facility that opened in 1865. Just think about it. This is the first escape from the maximum security portion of the institution ever."
Sweat is serving a sentence of life without parole for first degree murder. Matt is serving 25 years to life for kidnapping a man and beating him to death.
All that's left now is a note mocking authorities left behind by the killers and a massive manhunt. The FBI, state and local police have set up road blocks and are searching house to house.