Here’s a very obscure and interesting fact about prison that a lot of people don’t seem to know: it’s hard to escape. I know this must seem mysterious and inscrutable, but it’s true. They built these things to keep people in. Guards, walls, snipers, barbed wire, fences, moats, guard dogs, cameras, floodlights, even the ocean — all designed to keep prisoners inside until the system says otherwise.
Still, there are more escape attempts a year than you might think. Predictably, most of these attempts were made through Dikembe Mutombo in Geico ads. Inevitably, a guard blocks you, wags his finger and plays a charming prank, “Not at my house.” This causes many jailbreak attempts to fail, and there are very bad results at best.
Clauvino da Silva, a Red Command drug trafficking group leader, hatched an escape plan that was equal parts genius and absurd. He attempted to escape Brazil’s high-security Gericinó prison by dressing as his daughter, wearing a mask of her face, and leaving through the front door.
When his teenage daughter visited him, she brought him an outfit of her clothing. Where the mask came from is unknown, but it is as convincing as it is creepy. Silva changed into his daughter’s clothes, donned the mask complete with long black hair, and attempted to walk out the way his daughter came. Whether his daughter was in on the escape attempt or just thought her cooky dad needed some teenage girl clothes is unsure. But either way, Silva planned to leave his daughter there in his place.
Clearly not the best plan in the world.
Guards caught Silva and the footage of them making him re-don the costume while they laugh is hilarious.