Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the “Mannequin Challenge” spread around the internet. It started with, as usual, Black kids and has made its way to white kids, pole dancers, and then the Late Show, which means it should be dying out right about now. But, before its death, the Mannequin Challenge managed to swim across the Atlantic and land in good old England. Sort of.
Two prisoners in London managed to make a break for it, and are still on the loose, after using mannequins to make it look like they were sleeping in their cells. James Whitlock, aged 31, and 28-year-old Matthew Baker are believed to have used diamond-tipped cutting material to cut through the bars of their cells at Pentonville prison in North London. Then after breaking out of their cells and using a trick directly from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and scaled the perimeter fence to freedom.
Baker was locked up awaiting sentencing after being convicted of attempted murder two weeks ago, while Whitlock was incarcerated for allegedly attempting to break into at least 19 ATMs.
Officials are fairly certain that the pair had assistance from the outside, and may have even had tools delivered to them via drones.
It’s not totally surprising that two people were able to escape from Pentonville. In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey was able to escape using the super sophisticated method of tying bed sheets together and climbing down the walls. It’s also important to note that Pentonville prison was built in 1842.
Maybe it’s time to get a new jail.