On June 6, 2015, inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from New York State’s largest maximum security prison, Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The media became instantly obsessed with the story: two convicted murderers sliced their way through the brick and steel wall of their cells, meandered through a maze of tunnels, popped out of a manhole, and walked off into the night. The seemingly impossible Shawshank-esque escape had the makings of a Hollywood film, and the public hung on to every twist and turn in the developing plot.
After nearly three weeks on the run, Matt was shot and killed June 26, 2015. Two days later New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook shot Sweat twice in the back. He survived.
While we have come to learn how Matt and Sweat pulled off perhaps the most elaborate modern day prison break, no reporter, except Chelsia Rose Marcius, has talked directly to Sweat to ask perhaps the most important question in the case: Of all the inmates who dream of escape, what made Sweat take action and see his plan to fruition? In other words, why was he the one who could make it happen?
Below are photos from Chelsia's book launch events at Barnes & Noble and Shakespeare & Co. on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Enjoy!