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Dannemora

Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime

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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 30-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 12 prisons, including Clinton - tells the whole story from an insider's point of view.

©2019 Charles A. Gardner (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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  • Kris
  • 23-03-2019

New and Current employees read

New and current employees who work in correctional settings should read as a insight or reminder what can happen if you let your guard down. I had no difficulty listening to this story, in fact, couldn't stop until it was finished. Men and Women employees alike have been told numerous times, love is not found in prison, however, human emotions tend to get in the way. If your unhappy find love elsewhere or suffer the consequences. Great Book!

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  • JOHN
  • 18-03-2019

Cudo Mr. Gardner

Your book is the most comprehensive account of the escape, Clinton Correctional and the entire NYS prison system at that time. I liked the way you explained about the state jails and Albany’s role. Every involved person became “clearer”with your description of them. As a North Country resident and wife of correctional sergeant, this event in my life was perhaps the most terrifying time in my life.

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  • Richard B. Grabin
  • 27-06-2019

So good, if you like this genre!

I listened to this while traveling on vacation. I highly recommend it as an audible book.

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  • Charles Harrell
  • 08-05-2019

A wonderful escape

Being somewhat of a true crime aficionado, I thoroughly enjoy a good caper. I’m often disappointed by books from this genre. Sometimes they are slow to develop, other times they can be just downright uninteresting. This book fits neither of those descriptors.
It’s a tightly woven narrative that had me hooked starting on page one. The characters are neatly fleshed out, and the narrator did an excellent job reading the story.
I’m knowledgeable about prison life and I’m here to tell you, the author knows the intricate details about what it’s like behind the walls.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre of true crime.

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  • Al Grytebust
  • 07-03-2019

A must read!

A story full of great facts, a must read for all
true North Country residents.

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  • Mava
  • 04-03-2019

The truth is refreshing!!

Living in the city of Malone, and married to a retired C.O. , we heard all the rumors and speculations during the escape. We also had our property searched by a group of state troopers 3 days in a row, and they were here searching when Matt was shot, not far from our house. Reading this book, I learned so much about what really happened and who was to blame. Thank you, Charlie, for putting the truth out there.