Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Raisins to the Rescue

Wisconsin prisoner tries to escape with bag of raisins, slashes hand

Wisconsin prison officials say an inmate is in solitary after he tried to escape from Columbia Correctional Institution.

Department of Corrections spokesman John Dipko says 49-year-old James Frederick was supposed to pick up food carts when he bolted for the perimeter fences.

He had stuffed his clothes with newspapers to protect him from razor wire that lined the top of the first fence. He also had a large bag of raisins with him.

Frederick still cut his hand on the razor wire and fell back to the ground. His bag of raisins got stuck in the razor wire.

Dipko says Frederick escaped from Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in 1981 but was recaptured.

The Columbia escape attempt occurred about 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

1 comment:

Peter T said...

1981 James Frederick tried to escape the first time. He was 21 years old. It sounds like he was in prison since then, that would be 28 years, TWENTY EIGHT. Why did so many journalists bring the "funny story" of his failed escape but none seem to have asked the prison why he was so long behind bars or how old was he when he committed his crime? Is he maybe deemed still dangerous and violent after 28 years, or is he just a victim of some "hard on crime" politicians? I would like to know and not to laugh about James Frederick.