Escapes

There were many escapes in the Jail’s 154-year history. An incomplete list of inmates who escaped appears below. We have written about some of them in various issues of our newsletter, the Prison Museum Post. Our newsletters are archived on this website under the “Resources” tab on the home page. Type “escape” into the search box to find the issues that mention escapes.

 

Before we get to the list, we invite you to come to the museum and enjoy our Escape Game, which is loosely based on the escape of inmate Eddie Adamski in 1933. He was a member of the “After Dinner Gang”, well known for robbing wealthy South Jersey families while they were out to dinner. The game is a lot of fun, and takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Here are some pictures of gamers using clues in the “game case” to break out:

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ESCAPES:
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YEAR
NAME
CRIME
1819
Samuel Leaming a/k/a William Thomson and Obadiah Reed
Unknown
1833
Joel Clough
Murder
1851
Charles Lety
Larceny
1856
Peter Riggin
Passing bogus coin
1860
Samuel Ringold
Burglary
1866
Three unnamed prisoners
1869
Brown
Robbery
1869
Thomas Broom,
Burglary
Robert Mullaney,
Horse theft
Unnamed boy from Beverly
1870
William Henry Braddock
1872
Charles Alexander,
Grand larceny
John Hartman,
Assault and battery with attempt to kill postmaster
George Johnson,
Grand larceny
George Davis,
Grand larceny
George Early
Grand larceny
1874
Risley, Teomey and Birch
Unknown
1875
George Atkinson,
Burglary
Lorenzo Atkinson
Stone Gibbs
1877
Lorenzo Atkinson,
Burglary
George Atkinson,
George Jeffries
1877
Hugh Miller
Pickpocket
John Wilkinson
Unknown
1878
Curliss Gouldy
Larceny
1879
Charles Seines
Unknown
1879
Charles Gaines
Unknown
1879
Henry Wilkinson a/k/a Alexander Johnson
Burglary
1881
Charles Hart,
Assault and battery
James Burk,
Fighting, resisting arrest
Thomas Kelly
Fighting, resisting arrest
1881
Reuben Reed
Atrocious assault and battery
1881
Richard Simmons “Red Dick No. 2”
Theft
1882
William Griffin,
Unknown
Thomas Gibbs
James Henderson
1882
Thomas Gibbs a/k/a Givens,
Bigamy
James Henderson
Unknown
William Griffin
Unknown
1883
William Riley
Assault and battery, shooting officer with intent to kill
Reuben Reed
Larceny
John Moriarty
Horse stealing
Frederick Rindfrey
Assault and battery
1883
Frederick Renfrew
Assault and battery and highway robbery
1884
John Booz
Burglary
1884
Fred Penny
Larceny
1888
Lorenzo Atkinson
Unknown
1890
Lorenzo Atkinson and William Bird
Robbery
1892
Lorenzo Atkinson
Theft
1897
Lee Eckert (escaped arrest)
Horse theft
1899
Charles Flora a/k/a Wappy,
Chicken thieves
Four other unnamed inmates
1915
Howard Robinson
Embezzlement
1917
Giovanni Iraca
Murder
1933
Edward Adamski a/k/a Edward Adamsky
Carrying concealed Deadly weapon
Harry Burns
1941
Samuel Force
Child support
1963
Herbert Lieber, Jr.
Auto theft
THE GREAT CINDINI

Although the Jail closed in 1965, we nevertheless had an “escape” years later, in  May of 2007. The Great Cindini, an escape artist from Florida, stopped at the  museum on her way to a gig on Coney Island. She was straightjacketed by  museum attendant Marisa Bozarth and handcuffed by a County Sheriff officer with his own handcuffs. She was then locked in a cell on the top floor. About 10  lookers-on watched as she was confined and then walked downstairs. When  they reached the bottom, they were amazed to turn around and see Cindini  following them on the stairs!

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