The True Story of Infamous Prison Escapee Richard Matt
As Told by His Daughter
By Jamie Scalise
"In June of 2015 Richard Matt, a double murderer, and David Sweat, a cop killer, escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in mountainous upstate New York. National media, fascinated by the escape's resemblance to the one in Shawshank Redemption, provided constant updates during their three weeks on the lam. I'm sure I followed the reports closer than most. Richard Matt was my dad.
I knew him but a short time, four years in total, yet his death compelled me to piece together the rest of his story through key figures in his life- including fellow escapee David Sweat, civilian accessory Joyce Mitchell and even my mom. We had spoken little of him over the years.
My journey through his past, which included a final return trip to the infamous manhole in Dannemora, provided needed closure to a shocking episode of my life launched when I received word that He's Out!"