The Nation: Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Art imitates life—or is it life that imitates art? Apparently both. First, in August 1971, there was the razzle-dazzle helicopter escape from a Mexico City prison of New York Businessman Joel Kaplan, convicted of a murder he said never happened. Then, last month, came the movie Breakout, in which Charles Bronson whisks framed Murderer Robert Duvall out of a Mexican prison in, yes, a helicopter. Finally, last week, a man hired a helicopter at Mettetal Airport in Plymouth, Mich., and, once aloft, pulled a knife and ordered Pilot Richard Jackson to fly to the State Prison of Southern Michigan in...

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