Dannemora
The Prison Break, the Manhunt, the Inside StoryIn June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York's North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells, followed a network of tunnels and pipes under the thirty-foot prison wall, and climbed out of a manhole to freedom.For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. The manhunt made front-page headlines--as did the prison sex scandal involving both inmates and Joyce Mitchell--and culminated in a dramatic and bloody standoff.Now Charles A. Gardner--a lifelong resident of the community and a former correction officer who began his training at Clinton and ultimately oversaw the training of staff in twelve prisons, including Clinton--tells the whole story from an insider's point of view.From the lax ethics and sexual hunger that drove Joyce Mitchell to fraternize with Matt and Sweat, smuggle them tools, and offer to be their getaway driver, to the state budget cuts that paved the way for prison corruption, to the brave and tireless efforts to bring the escaped killers to justice, Dannemora is a gripping account of the circumstances that led to the bold breakout and the twenty-three-day search that culminated in one man dead, and one man back in custody--and lingering questions about those who set the deadly drama in motion.

Dannemora Details

TitleDannemora
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherCitadel Press
ISBN-139780806539249
Rating
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, History, Mystery

Dannemora Review

  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York StateThis is my second book on this breakout, so I’m fairly familiar with the subject. The author retired from 25 years in corrections and was born and raised in that area. He is currently a municipal court judge. I was interested in the subject so I thought I’d go for another viewpoint. This book is a good mix of background on the escapees, and the lead up to the escape, the two employees that were i Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York StateThis is my second book on this breakout, so I’m fairly familiar with the subject. The author retired from 25 years in corrections and was born and raised in that area. He is currently a municipal court judge. I was interested in the subject so I thought I’d go for another viewpoint. This book is a good mix of background on the escapees, and the lead up to the escape, the two employees that were involved, and then the story of the escape itself. The writing is fine and moves along well, making this a good book for those interested in the topic. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Charles A. Gardner, and the publisher for my fair review.Full review is on my BookZone blog:https://wordpress.com/post/bookblog20...
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Dannemora is a fascinating work of non fiction. I don't recall this event and read the book with no prior knowledge. Based on a 2015 prison break and manhunt, it's hard to stop reading once you start. It's an intriguing and different look at how something like a manhunt plays out. The difficulties, the highs and lows of the operation. It's truly fascinating and relevant to society today. It's a thought provoking well written and researched account of this event. I recommend for anyone with an in Dannemora is a fascinating work of non fiction. I don't recall this event and read the book with no prior knowledge. Based on a 2015 prison break and manhunt, it's hard to stop reading once you start. It's an intriguing and different look at how something like a manhunt plays out. The difficulties, the highs and lows of the operation. It's truly fascinating and relevant to society today. It's a thought provoking well written and researched account of this event. I recommend for anyone with an interest in the reality of what happened. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.The Prison Break, the Manhunt, the Inside StoryIn June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murder I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.The Prison Break, the Manhunt, the Inside StoryIn June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells, followed a network of tunnels and pipes under the thirty-foot prison wall, and climbed out of a manhole to freedom.For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. The manhunt made front-page headlines—as did the prison sex scandal involving both inmates and Joyce Mitchell—and culminated in a dramatic and bloody standoff.Now Charles A. Gardner—a lifelong resident of the community and a former correction officer who began his training at Clinton and ultimately oversaw the training of staff in twelve prisons, including Clinton—tells the whole story from an insider's point of view.From the lax ethics and sexual hunger that drove Joyce Mitchell to fraternize with Matt and Sweat, smuggle them tools, and offer to be their getaway driver, to the state budget cuts that paved the way for prison corruption, to the brave and tireless efforts to bring the escaped killers to justice, Dannemora is a gripping account of the circumstances that led to the bold breakout and the twenty-three-day search that culminated in one man dead, and one man back in custody—and lingering questions about those who set the deadly drama in motionI love reading about stupid people ... and these people take the cake!! I have not seen "Escape at Dannemora" on the telly, but I did follow the case and was gobsmacked at the stupidity of the jail guard and the prisoners who escaped. This is a well researched and presented account of the event and will be loved by my non-fiction book club come spring. I truly enjoyed the correctional officer's view on it as my husband works in security and we could not believe what was happening. Any fan of the news or the tv show would enjoy this book as well .... As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 👮🗝️🗽🔫🌲.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Joyce Mitchell was a messed up, lonely woman living in the wildest part of upper New York State when she, like many residents in that area, went to work for the prison system…it seems prisons are a big industry in that part of the state. She met and married another employee and they worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora for years, with her job being a supervisor of the prisoners who worked in the tailor shop (they make more than license plates, it seems). While there, she got Joyce Mitchell was a messed up, lonely woman living in the wildest part of upper New York State when she, like many residents in that area, went to work for the prison system…it seems prisons are a big industry in that part of the state. She met and married another employee and they worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora for years, with her job being a supervisor of the prisoners who worked in the tailor shop (they make more than license plates, it seems). While there, she got friendly – VERY friendly—with convicted double murderer Richard Matt and cop killer David Sweat, who used her vulnerability to develop a strong enough bond that she was willing to smuggle in the tools they needed to break out.The plan was for her to be waiting when they emerged from manhole cover outside the prison, then they would all jump in her car and be off to Mexico and freedom. But the night they made their escape, she had a panic attack, was taken to the hospital emergency room, and freaked out enough to rat them out. The next three weeks there was the biggest manhunt in New York history as they tried to survive long enough to get away.The author of Dannemora is a lifelong resident of the area and former correctional officer and trainer who began his career at the Dannemora prison, and he is a terrific writer. This is at once a fascinating true crime story, a look at the lengths to which a lonely woman can be manipulated, and the conditions and circumstances both at the prison in question and throughout the prison system (all the way to the Governor’s office in Albany) which led to the escape. I particularly appreciated the revelations about the use of prison labor for profit, the ethical lapses among the employees, and the political mess that brought enough budget cuts to make it impossible for the guards to do their work as regulations dictated.With thanks to Kensington Books/Citadel and NetGalley, this is a strong four stars. And I still don’t get how Joyce’s husband stuck with her, and it annoys the hell out of me that she is still entitled to her entire pension!
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  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    January 1, 1970
    This might be a controversial opinion, but this book reminded me of In Cold Blood. It begins with descriptive language, setting the scene of the small town near where the prison break occurred. The background information on the town, the prison, and the prisoners was fascinating. The organization, with each of these background sections followed by sections on the prison break, the manhunt, and the aftermath, really worked for me.The author's perspective as a local and a retired correctional offi This might be a controversial opinion, but this book reminded me of In Cold Blood. It begins with descriptive language, setting the scene of the small town near where the prison break occurred. The background information on the town, the prison, and the prisoners was fascinating. The organization, with each of these background sections followed by sections on the prison break, the manhunt, and the aftermath, really worked for me.The author's perspective as a local and a retired correctional officer was noticeable in his description of both the experience of living near the manhunt and his description of prison routines. Fortunately, I still thought his conclusions were even-handed. He pointed out where prison staff had made mistakes, while giving specific examples of places where budget cuts also enabled the escape. He occasionally got weirdly macho about his own experiences and not all of his humor landed for me, but overall, this was a great read.This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey
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  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    January 1, 1970
    Recently I watched and enjoyed the miniseries "Escape at Dannemora" on Showtime. Directed by Ben Stiller and featuring a cast of A-listers that included Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano, Patricia Arquette and David Morse, it won a handful of well-deserved awards for its gritty depiction of the infamous prison break from the penitentiary at Dannemora in upstate New York.However, it was only when I picked up DANNEMORA that I really found out the entire story. Charles A. Gardner is the ideal person to p Recently I watched and enjoyed the miniseries "Escape at Dannemora" on Showtime. Directed by Ben Stiller and featuring a cast of A-listers that included Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano, Patricia Arquette and David Morse, it won a handful of well-deserved awards for its gritty depiction of the infamous prison break from the penitentiary at Dannemora in upstate New York.However, it was only when I picked up DANNEMORA that I really found out the entire story. Charles A. Gardner is the ideal person to pen this true crime thriller as he spent 25 years with the New York State Department of Corrections. He spends the first third of the book outlining the backgrounds of the escapees, Richard Matt and David Sweat. While the crimes that ultimately got them incarcerated were glossed over in the miniseries, Gardner gives their backstories the attention they deserve. The result is a portrait of two brutal, remorseless killers whose actions need not be glamorized but revealed for the gritty reality that made them do what they did.DANNEMORA is not for the faint-hearted, and the unflinching descriptions of Matt and Sweat's crimes are particularly uncomfortable to read. Gardner points out that if it wasn't them, it eventually would have been another prisoner to have pulled a similar escape. New York State continued to cut resources each year; this included manpower, which impacted the prisoner to prison guard ration and made full compliance with their requirements virtually impossible. Tourists visiting New York State's majestic Adirondack Mountains Park are entering paradise. Little do they know that much of its northern realm is peppered with correctional centers like the one in Dannemora. Most people also would be surprised to learn that the prisoners in these correctional facilities are getting paid to be there and receiving medical care often more comprehensive than nearly all the residents who live in the surrounding communities.Matt and Sweat were placed in the area known as the “Honor Block,” which provided larger, more spacious individual cells away from the general population. It also was a quiet enough area that allowed for their nocturnal activities. As you read about their escape plans, you cannot help but think of Stephen King's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. In fact, Matt and Sweat often had a laugh at how closely their scheme resembled that of the method Andy Dufresne used to get out of Shawshank. The only difference is that their plan did not take 20 years to happen.As I mentioned earlier, Gardner does not soften the occurrences that led to the incarceration of Matt and Sweat in any way. They are not glamorized here as they were in the miniseries, which found viewers admiring the characters because of the actors portraying them. Sweat had a violent and tumultuous youth that saw him shipped back and forth from upstate New York to Florida. No one was able to harness his mood swings, which often swung to rage and eventually criminal activities. He was finally convicted of killing a cop on the Fourth of July in the small town of Kirkwood in Western New York State. Broome County Deputy Sheriff Kevin J. Tarsia approached a vehicle early in the morning due to the suspicious activities of those inside. He was blindsided by Sweat and one of his cronies and shot several times. Tarsia's vest saved him from all but one of the bullets. However, Sweat ensured the officer's death by running him over with his vehicle and dragging him for a while until he succumbed to his injuries.Matt's criminal actions were possibly more brutal and cold-blooded. Matt and a cohort kidnapped his 76-year-old boss from a wholesale food company after he fired Matt for stealing and selling meat products. William Rickerson was tied up, beaten and tortured. He was then thrown in the trunk of Matt's vehicle and driven around for days in freezing temperatures. Eventually, Matt grew tired, having found only less than a hundred dollars and a few credit cards in Rickerson's possession. So he snapped Rickerson's neck, hacked his body up and tossed each part of him into the nearly frozen Niagara River. It was this sadistic act that earned him the nickname “Hacksaw.”The latter part of DANNEMORA focuses on something that was not really depicted fully in the miniseries: the three-week-long manhunt for Matt and Sweat after they escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility. These men were considered incredibly dangerous, and every single body of law enforcement --- from the FBI to U.S. Marshals and even Homeland Security --- was involved. The Canadian Mounted Police Force was on alert in case they decided to make a run for the northern border.Matt and Sweat were supposed to be picked up by Joyce Mitchell after their escape, driven to Virginia to hide out for a few weeks, and then head to Mexico once the search began to dwindle. When Mitchell did not show up due to a panic attack that got her hospitalized, the escapees had to flee into the Adirondack Mountains on foot to regroup. Even though they were not far from the Canadian border, it would’ve been extremely difficult to evade everyone searching for them while navigating through the treacherous mountain terrain. Ironically, an off-duty prison guard named John "Stumpy" Stockwell happened upon them as they were hiding out in his cabin in Camp Twisted Horn.The pair eventually split up --- more likely that Sweat left the older and hobbled Matt behind --- and they were picked off one at a time. Charles A. Gardner brings this exciting and nerve-wracking tale to life and tells the story as if he was writing a fictional thriller. DANNEMORA is an engaging read from start to finish that sheds light on the many issues we have with correctional facilities in New York State and the rest of the country.Reviewed by Ray Palen
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  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    January 1, 1970
    Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner is a very highly recommended examination of the events that lead to the 2015 breakout and the aftermath of the manhunt.The Clinton Correctional Facility is located in Dannemora, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains, near the Canadian border. In June of 2015 two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were able to escape the maximum-security facility. The two wer Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner is a very highly recommended examination of the events that lead to the 2015 breakout and the aftermath of the manhunt.The Clinton Correctional Facility is located in Dannemora, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains, near the Canadian border. In June of 2015 two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were able to escape the maximum-security facility. The two were aided in their escape by prison employee, Joyce Mitchell. She provided them with the tools they needed to cut through the steel walls in their cells. From there they had access to the catwalk behind the cells that led to a series of tunnels and underground pipes that allowed them to escape outside the prison walls through a manhole. For twenty-three days news reports followed the escape and the manhunt while residents in the area "were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border."Gardner, a municipal court judge, a lifelong resident of the community, and a retired correction officer does an excellent job presenting the background, complete story, and timeline of the murderers, and the terrifying manhunt after their escape. The escape was essentially the perfect storm of bureaucratic incompetence and cost-cutting measures, combined with Mitchell's lack of morals, ethics and stupidity. Gardener has professional insight into the corrections systems history and training, and can pin point state actions and budget cuts that resulted in an environment that helped facilitate the escape.Dannemora is an excellent true crime drama, well-written and skillfully organized. For those, like myself, who were not familiar with the escape at Dannemora, Gardner, provides all the information I needed to understand the background and circumstances of the escape. He shares his personal history and credentials which allow extra insight into the correctional system. He furnishes the biographical background of convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat. There is succinct information on Mitchell's fraternization with both men, smuggling in contraband for them, and other, inconceivable and just plain stupid actions on her part that assisted in their escape. (She was also supposed to be their get-away driver, but suffered a panic attack at the last minute and didn't show up.) He explains some of the lax actions of a few the guards, why some security measures are no longer followed, and how everything combined with Mitchell's actions to result in the escape. The timeline leading up to the end result of the manhunt is clearly laid out and easy to follow.Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Kensington.http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2019/0...
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I must've been in a "media blackout" period when this escape happened because I don't remember shit about it. But that means I'm the perfect reader for it, right?What a crazy and frustrating story about neglect, mental illness, criminal behavior, prison ineptness and the stress of law enforcement. Gardner seems to struggle a little in determining the appropriate "moment of reveal" to keep the reader engaged and to avoid repetition but despite this occasional flaw he manages to pull lots of threa I must've been in a "media blackout" period when this escape happened because I don't remember shit about it. But that means I'm the perfect reader for it, right?What a crazy and frustrating story about neglect, mental illness, criminal behavior, prison ineptness and the stress of law enforcement. Gardner seems to struggle a little in determining the appropriate "moment of reveal" to keep the reader engaged and to avoid repetition but despite this occasional flaw he manages to pull lots of threads together into a fast-paced story. I was into this enough that it kept me up a night or two but I can't bring myself to up the star rating because the bias is undeniable and yet mostly unacknowledged. Gardner is a retired prison worker and he lives in the area, which he is upfront about. While both of these things probably gave him access to information unavailable to others, he isn't able to use that info completely objectively. His anger at those who helped these criminals escape, directly or indirectly, is understandable, and his dislike of former Gov. Cuomo is palpable, but unnecessary to what is being presented as a non-fiction account of the facts. I suppose the opposite view of the issue is that Gardner was upfront about his bias so it's up to the reader to decide if anything smelling like opinion is worth taking as fact. This is one of those "you can't make this stuff up" stories that true crime reader will love and that general readers will enjoy because of the fast pace and detailed character studies.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.This takes a look at the largest manhunt in New York. In June 2015, two hard core prisoners escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in the Adirondacks. Their escape made national news. Gardner looks at their childhoods and early adulthood. They were always on a track to hard time. He takes you inside life in prison, as a retired correction officer, he has good insight.With the help from inside, and the cuts the NY government made to Correction Facili I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.This takes a look at the largest manhunt in New York. In June 2015, two hard core prisoners escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in the Adirondacks. Their escape made national news. Gardner looks at their childhoods and early adulthood. They were always on a track to hard time. He takes you inside life in prison, as a retired correction officer, he has good insight.With the help from inside, and the cuts the NY government made to Correction Facilities, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. The book takes you on the journey of the escaped inmates, the police, and looks at the effect this manhunt had on the surrounding areas. Dannemora is a gripping account of the events and circumstances that led to a breakout and a 23 day search that ended with one man dead and one man back in custody. Happy Reading 😉
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  • Anne Moomey
    January 1, 1970
    I live in the area where this took place, Matt was shot less than 30 miles away from where I was. We followed the news, and even saw state troopers patrolling our area. This is a well-written account of what happened, and includes information I was not aware of. I also just watched the Showtime mini-series, which was also well done. Dannemora prison is a place I remember riding by, even as a child, and that wall which borders the Main Street is quite a site. The book gives insight on how it affe I live in the area where this took place, Matt was shot less than 30 miles away from where I was. We followed the news, and even saw state troopers patrolling our area. This is a well-written account of what happened, and includes information I was not aware of. I also just watched the Showtime mini-series, which was also well done. Dannemora prison is a place I remember riding by, even as a child, and that wall which borders the Main Street is quite a site. The book gives insight on how it affected the residents, the police, guards, and all those who helped with the search.
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  • Angela H.
    January 1, 1970
    As a reader who has no knowledge of the prison break incident, I feel like book provided comprehensive information about the murderers, escape, and how they were caught. The book itself did not contain in depth details; however, it contained enough information to understand the big picture of the situation. I enjoyed the book thoroughly!
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    Author told the story truthfully. We lived through this.
  • Mary Drayer
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating view from many prospectives-the two killers, their prison accomplices, a retired prison guard, and the folks around Dannemora, New York State! Remember June 2015....
  • Alissa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Well, this was a RIDE.I remember this happening. It was one of the first things I really paid attention to in the realm of true crime as it was happening. So reading a behind the scenes take on the situation was fascinating.Perhaps what really brought me deep into what happened, in this case, was the fact that for most of my life my family has spent two weeks in the Adirondack State Park during the summer. Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Well, this was a RIDE.I remember this happening. It was one of the first things I really paid attention to in the realm of true crime as it was happening. So reading a behind the scenes take on the situation was fascinating.Perhaps what really brought me deep into what happened, in this case, was the fact that for most of my life my family has spent two weeks in the Adirondack State Park during the summer. Usually around June. But since my grandparents bought a place, the trip was moved to August so as to not disrupt peak renters season. So, I remember hearing about this and really wondering about where they were in relation to my grandparent’s house.So having Charles Gardner re-tell the tale brings that all back into full view for me. I was scared, not for my family because I knew they weren’t there, but for the community that I’d grown up loving and had so many fond memories of.This book is a fascinating look into a terrible situation and how it happened. He puts a lot of blame to the New York Department of Corrections. Gardner says, “What happened in the Clinton prison was the predictable result of twenty-plus years of relentless cost-cutting pressure from the state.”Gardner’s way of presenting the timeline is more akin to fiction writing. If you didn’t know you were reading true crime, it could be a crime novel. He shows you the location through descriptive words and gives the situations verve and gravitas in the same way.I think what makes it feel more like a crime novel than a true crime book, is that he starts with his own story. You get to know him and his situation leading up to the escape rather than him just focusing on the two inmates and woman that perpetrated it.I can only say how fascinating it was to read about this case again. I learned so much more about what actually happened in this book than I did when reading the news or watching the coverage on TV.One of the more depressing lines in the book was towards the end when Garnder was talking about a change in situation for the NYDOC. “But if anything has changed in Albany, I haven’t heard about it.”Basically, I think if you have any interest in true crime or remember this case, Charles Gardner has written an amazing, in-depth look at what happened and I cannot recommend it enough.
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  • Casper Wood
    January 1, 1970
    In spite of having been a full-fledged, news-watching adult who is obsessed with True Crime and also deeply, deeply passionate about criminal justice reform, I was apparently living under the biggest of rocks in 2015 when two felons from Dannemora prison in upstate New York escaped and spent 3 weeks evading capture. After watching Ben Stiller's Showtime production of the story, I got fixated on the story and wanted to find as much detail about the escape as possible.Cue the lovely folks at Netga In spite of having been a full-fledged, news-watching adult who is obsessed with True Crime and also deeply, deeply passionate about criminal justice reform, I was apparently living under the biggest of rocks in 2015 when two felons from Dannemora prison in upstate New York escaped and spent 3 weeks evading capture. After watching Ben Stiller's Showtime production of the story, I got fixated on the story and wanted to find as much detail about the escape as possible.Cue the lovely folks at Netgalley, Kensington Books and author Charles A Gardner. I was offered a free advanced copy of the book Dannemora for review and it gave me exactly what I was after.Gardner did a fantastic job of covering every stage of the breakout. The book is divided into sections that focus respectively on everything that contributed to the escape (including the MANY critical administrative failures that create an environment where escape is possible), the escape itself, the 3 week long manhunt and the fallout. I think he succeeds in all this because of his personal experience as a corrections officer in the NY prison system and also his focus on fact. No dig at the TV show, because I did enjoy it, but we all know TV is hyper focused on the salacious details and not really interested in policy failures and budget cuts.The depth and breadth of the event is presented in a very readable, very engaging narrative. I was never bored, never uninterested and never confused. It had all the detail and crazy, gaspy, "can you freakin' believe it" moments that I was hoping for without having to wade through unnecessary souped-up scandal.If you have interest in true crime, the penal system, or crime and punishment, definitely check this out.
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  • Kia
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner from Net Galley and Kensington Books in exchange for my review.Dannemora is a non-fiction book about two violent murderers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and the subsequent manhunt for them. The author is a municipal court judge who spent 25 years working in the New York State Department of Corrections, and his e I received a free e-copy of Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner from Net Galley and Kensington Books in exchange for my review.Dannemora is a non-fiction book about two violent murderers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and the subsequent manhunt for them. The author is a municipal court judge who spent 25 years working in the New York State Department of Corrections, and his extensive knowledge of that system gives him the unique ability to tell this story from many sides, inside and out. Gardner goes into a great deal of detail about the two prisoners and their backstory, how they came to be in that particular prison at that time. Finding out who these men are helps to understand how they were able to manipulate so many people and accomplish their goal of escaping. The book is very well-written and Gardner does a great job of explaining how the search functioned and each agency’s role. I also really enjoyed reading about how the people living in the search area responded to the search, by going out of their way to help and support all of the law enforcement officers present. It was wonderful to see so much goodwill and positivity toward them. This is a great read for any true crime fans; you’ll learn so much about this case and how extensive manhunts work, from someone in the perfect position to write about both.
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  • Julie Day
    January 1, 1970
    When this prison escape took place, I vaguely followed the updates in the news. When I then saw the book, I realized that I didn't know what finally happened to the female prison guard who had helped the two inmates escape and I really wanted to learn more about what had really happened.The author brings his own expertise to this book but not in an annoying or know-it-all way. He also never lets the story lag and despite, I'm sure, knowing much more detail about the geographical area, never bogs When this prison escape took place, I vaguely followed the updates in the news. When I then saw the book, I realized that I didn't know what finally happened to the female prison guard who had helped the two inmates escape and I really wanted to learn more about what had really happened.The author brings his own expertise to this book but not in an annoying or know-it-all way. He also never lets the story lag and despite, I'm sure, knowing much more detail about the geographical area, never bogs us down in too much detail. Yes, I want to know what happened, but I don't need to know every detail about the geography of New York. He gives us enough to give us the "lay of the land" but doesn't bore us to death. I found his writing to be concise, interesting and informative. I read a little of this book every day during my lunch hour and eagerly looked forward to the next day when I could read more. That's how I know I'm reading a good book - when I'm looking forward to lunchtime so I can read some more. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in the story of David Sweat and Richard Matt and how they managed to escape from prison and then keep the authorities at bay for three weeks.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I was looking for a break from my typical reading of contemporary romance novels. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. One reason I requested this title was because I remember when it was in the news, but the other is because I was born and raised in this part on NY and it makes it all mean so much more. I really like all of the in I received an advanced copy of this book book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I was looking for a break from my typical reading of contemporary romance novels. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. One reason I requested this title was because I remember when it was in the news, but the other is because I was born and raised in this part on NY and it makes it all mean so much more. I really like all of the insight and background info this author was able to give. He made it feel like a really good episode of Dateline or Lock-up! Many people are to blame for what happened, besides the obvious few, there are those that tried to report the inappropriate relationships but gave up or turned a blind eye. Mitchell’s husband and her employers should be held accountable as well. The MOST DISGUSTING display of arrogance came from Governor Cuomo - I just can’t understand how the public voted him back into office. This is just another wonderful example of what is wrong with out world today - certain officials will always be ABOVE the law!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I was originally interested in this book because I live less than two hours from Dannemora, and remember the constant reporting of this escape while it was going on.Having an “inside” view of the escape and manhunt was very interesting, but the writing itself was a bit rough. There were quite a few times where I felt that I was reading whole sentences I had already read. Being familiar with the North Country area, the explanation of roads and locations made sense to me, but I could see where tha I was originally interested in this book because I live less than two hours from Dannemora, and remember the constant reporting of this escape while it was going on.Having an “inside” view of the escape and manhunt was very interesting, but the writing itself was a bit rough. There were quite a few times where I felt that I was reading whole sentences I had already read. Being familiar with the North Country area, the explanation of roads and locations made sense to me, but I could see where that would be difficult to process for a reader unfamiliar with the area.This did keep me turning the pages to see exactly what was happening during those stressful few weeks. Having all the connections to law enforcement and corrections officers allowed the author to give a side to the story that isn’t often publicized. Overall, this was a fairly quick and interesting read.Thank you to Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Tim Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Many accounts of this jailbreak, including a movie, exist but this account was written by a former NY Dept of Corrections officer with direct knowledge and experience with the situation of the events. Not really a page burner but written in a narrative/colloquial style that is easy on the brain. I followed this event when it took place and was eager to find a realistic accounting. This is it. Brilliant people can be criminals and when they are, taking a life is just part of the process of gettin Many accounts of this jailbreak, including a movie, exist but this account was written by a former NY Dept of Corrections officer with direct knowledge and experience with the situation of the events. Not really a page burner but written in a narrative/colloquial style that is easy on the brain. I followed this event when it took place and was eager to find a realistic accounting. This is it. Brilliant people can be criminals and when they are, taking a life is just part of the process of getting what you want and making sure you stay out of prison. They manipulate and sesee
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  • Nina Walker
    January 1, 1970
    Great true story written by a high school buddy we graduated with from Upstate New York. I learned alot about our prison system, and the bureaucracy that goes with it. The depiction of the attitude of all the citizens helping law enforement under such adverse conditions was heartwarming. Any hunter or law enforcement person would love this book.So proud of Charles Gardener!Ben Stiller's HBO series 'Escape from Danemmora' was based on this true story.
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  • Aida Alberto
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.Seriously good book that has my attention from the beginning until the end. Well written and plotted it will keep you glued to the pages until you figure out what is going on. Definitely pick this up. Happy reading! #Dannemora #NetGalley
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  • Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the background of the criminals who escaped. I didn't even mind the details about the prison buildings. I did get a bit bored after the escape. The writing became uninteresting toward the end.*Thank you to Mr. Gardner, Netgalley, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Kathy R
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this is an eye opener! It is the story behind the story of the 2015 escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York. Interesting and well researched I could not put it down. The book highlighted the tangled web between politics and our justice system. It was thought provoking and I would highly recommend it to lovers of true crime. I received this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.
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  • Julee
    January 1, 1970
    I had high expectations for this—it would have been so much better as a unbiased neutral account of what happened. It's written by a former guard who lives in the area where the events took place and it turns out the author has many opinions about how things were handled before, during, and after the prison breakout.
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  • Anthony Yvonnica
    January 1, 1970
    As a former officer at Clinton Correctional Facility, I found this book to be an excellent, well written account of the escape of two convicts from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015. The book was high on facts and low on hype and conjecture. The author explained what occurred in an engaging story.
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  • Jane Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    prison StoryThis is a good book in that it is scary and very suspensful. The author gives good background and itemized their moves during the three weeks they are out, but he doesn't seem to care much for the governor.
  • Rumarie Denizard
    January 1, 1970
    Super Good ReadThe Clinton escape is covered here by a retired corrections guy who knows the inner workings of the prison and can therefore speak with authority. The guy can also write, and writes well, making this a thoroughly captivating read. Well done, Mr. Gardner.
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  • Madonna Otis
    January 1, 1970
    Must read for northern NY residentsVery accurate and well described accounts. Being from immediate area of these events and knowledge of the landscape made me riveted to the story.
  • MARCIE
    January 1, 1970
    Cool book. Loved it.
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