“Fool me once
Shame on you
Fool me twice
Shame on me.”
“Now, if I had the wings of an angel,
Over these prison walls I would fly.”
Bill Monroe, The Prisoner’s Song
For the second time in less than two years prisoners have made good an escape attempt from a Quebec penitentiary using helicopters. Not the same institution, but in the same Canadian province. Yep, on Saturday evening while the four inmates were on a scheduled jaunt in the prison yard, a helicopter hovered, touched-down briefly, took on passengers and ascended over the prison wall. Locals say the chopper headed south-west, in the direction of Montreal.
Is it a coincidence that Montreal was hosting the annual Canadian Formula One Grand Prix when this occurred? With police up to their eyes in crowd control, and an unusually high number of helicopters in the air ferrying people to and from the track, the escapees stood a good chance of going unnoticed.
Throw into the mix the very odd occurrence of four homicides over a 24-hour period and you have many distractions.
But how could this happen again? Perhaps authorities thought no one would have the gall to do it again. Not since it had been all over the international news the last time. Well, someone had the cojones to revisit the daring antic.
So should you ever find yourself in a Quebec prison yard, and you’re wondering what that big H painted on the asphalt is, now you know!