‘Have a nice day!’ Two convicted murderers leave note for police after using power tools and a series of tunnels to escape maximum-security prison in upstate New York

Officers with bloodhounds at one of the entrances to the Clinton Correctional Facility on Saturday. Credit Gabe Dickens/Press-Republican, via Associated Press

Two convicted murders escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said.

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, by using power tools to cut through a steel wall, leading them through a series of tunnels until they reached a manhole outside prison walls, police said.

The men even left a note on one of the tunnels reading, ‘Have a nice day’, accompanied with a smiley face, for authorities to later find.

It was discovered that the two were missing during the 5.30am inmate ‘standing count’, New York State Police said in a Facebook post. They had last been seen at the 10.30pm standing count the night before…

Have-a-nice-day-prison-breakThe inmates left a note with a smiley face, reading ‘Have a nice day’, on one of the tunnels they cut through during the escape

  • andycanuck

    And they’re smarter than Obama—they know how a magnet works.

  • andycanuck

    BTW, it looks like all the news sources are embargoing the description of the smiley face as being a Chinese coolie one although at least they’re not censoring the photo of it.

    • Frau Katze

      I got it from an early report last night.

  • canminuteman

    I hope they were innocent like the guy in Shawshank.

    • Frau Katze

      I don’t think they are. One guy in particular has a long record..he’s also had a previous prison escape.

    • Millie_Woods

      Of course they are. That’s why the TSA pretended not to notice when the Chinese hackers helped them smuggle industrial cutting equipment into the Clinton Correctional Facility where they were being unjustly detained. Now that they’re free they can turn their lives around and finish getting their degrees.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Cliché bucktoothed coolie. Hate crime!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    How are things in Dannemora? Does the little brook still lead me there?

  • Brett_McS

    Might have to review some of the self-improvement classes. “(Angle) Grind your way to success”, “(Oxy) cut bad habits”, “(Power) Drill down to the self-awareness”…

  • DMB

    I see a new movie to be made out of this prison break. It’s not like Hollywood hasn’t made movies like this before!