Folsom Prison, but not as Johnny Cash saw it – Man escapes Folsom Prison only to be recaptured in ……….. Folsom.

April 17, 2012

If you are going to escape from prison, if you are going to over-come the sheer difficulty, improbability and danger of it, then run. Run a long way from those concrete walls. Keep running and don’t look back.

It took Andy Dufresne 20 years to dig out of Shawshank with a bent spoon for a crime he didn’t even commit. Where did he go when he finally escaped? Mexico! that’s where. He didn’t, as Marco A Cabrera did, hide in the garden of a neighbour 2 minutes stroll from the prison. “Andy Dufresne crawled through 500 yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even start to imagine” and then ran until the lactic acid ate away at his very being. He crossed international state boarders. Marco Cabrera took his clothes off and hid a stones throw from Folsom City Prison and, one would presume from the reckless stupidity of his behaviour, waited to get recaptured. Does he not watch TV?

This man has not seen Shawshank Redemption

On Sunday evening in Folsom, the prison made eternal by the late, great Johnny Cash, a man escpaped the confines of the Californian pentitentiary and ignoring the advice of the man in black -

If they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine,
I bet I’d move out over a little,
Farther down the line,
Far from Folsom Prison

- he didn’t go far from Folsom prison, in fact he didn’t even leave Folsom,  he went downtown and tried to steal a car. He couldn’t even manage that. (As an aside, you have to wonder how someone so prone to ineptitude the minute he is a ‘free’ man could possibly have escpaed from the prison in the first place.) On being thwarted by local residents stole a mobile phone and did what he should have done a long time before, he actually ran. Hallelujah. Well, not quite. He ran into the back garden of a neighbour living in the vicinity and hid in a tree – and according to some reports, took his clothes off. Only he couldn’t keep quiet and duly awoke and startled the occupants.

The whole night, we kept hearing noises in the back yard” said Danielle Wirtz who owns the house. Marco A Cabrera was believed to be hiding behind their guest house and this was confirmed when the guest in said guesthouse met Mr Cabrera in the drive way some time later that afternoon. Being a guesthouse, and one would assume, housing a tourist, the occupant felt suspicious and went back inside to get the gun that for reasons unbeknown to anyone not American, they had taken on holiday. The escaped convict moved slowly away and was picked up minutes later by Folsom police, no more than a few hundred metres from where he had escaped over 24 hours earlier. Behold the Folsom, California ineptitude.






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2 Responses to Folsom Prison, but not as Johnny Cash saw it – Man escapes Folsom Prison only to be recaptured in ……….. Folsom.

  1. Neil Killion on April 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Great story. Loved it! Sort of underlines why he was in prison in the first place. I remember one guy in gaol was there because he robbed the same service station three times running. When asked about it he said :- ” I did it because it was just around the corner from me and I didn’t own a car”.

    • thechef on May 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

      haha. Its like when George Mallery climbed Everest and they asked him why he did it and he replied “because it was there”; Why did you rob this gas station sir? “because it was there”. Ridiculous.

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