Even with 24-hour security, armed guards, razor-wire fencing, and observation towers, a number of inmates have escaped from prison during the last century. Prison escapes are some of the most dramatic events imaginable, so it’s no surprise that many of these escapes have inspired some of our favorite movies.
From Tupac’s aunt being broken out of jail with dynamite to the infamous crimes of John Dillinger, these prisoners gave us some of craziest prison break stories of all time.
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Assata Shakur Achieves Political Asylum
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Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Liberation Army, which was underground criminal organization. The group was initially a part of the Black Panther Party before forming their group which believed in an armed struggle against the United States government.
In 1977, Shakur was convicted of aiding and abetting the group during a shootout which resulted in the death of State Trooper Werner Foerster. Two years later members of the BLA broke her out of prison by using pistols, a stick of dynamite while holding two guards as hostages. The group stole a van and was able to escape without anyone being injured. She was immediately sought by the FBI although many citizens in the area welcomed her to the area. Shakur ultimately fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum and still remains today. Interestingly, Shakur was also the godmother of Tupac Shakur, the late 1990s rapper.