Suicide note allegedly part of Stillwater prison breakout scheme

Categories: Crime
William R. St. John, 45
MN Dept of Corrections Officials say they've thwarted an inmate's escape plan that involved a suicide attempt.
It wasn't as cunning as The Great Escape, but who can say it wasn't bold?

A Stillwater Prison inmate is accused of causing a weeklong lockdown after officials were tipped off to his plan to bust out

Court documents show that William R. St. John, 45, was planning to ingest razor blades or prescription drugs and escape during the suicide attempt with the help of another person.

The AP has more details:
The accomplice was to intercept the ambulance on the way to the hospital and help the inmate escape.

Records show the inmate has been moved to the maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights.

In July, Minnesota Department of Corrections officials wouldn't say what prompted beefed-up security efforts. The last full lockdown of the prison, according to the Pioneer Press, was in 2011.

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Baldrick:  I have a cunning plan...

Blackadder:  You have my attention, with the appropriate level of dread and embarassment...

Baldrick:  We'll set ourselves on FIRE!  Then, when the firemen break in, we'll run outside during all the confusion and escape!  Hopefully it'll be raining as well...


Mr. St. John was planning to eat razor blades or OD on meds, and then have somebody hijack the ambulance taking him to the regular hospital?  That was his plan?

That doesn't sound like a very good plan.  Seeing as he was already in prison at Stillwater and he's now been moved to Oak Park Heights, I'd say Mr. St. John can add this one to the list of bad plans that has made up his life so far.


@forwardprideIs it as cunning as a fox what used to be Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on, and is now working for the UN at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning?

swmnguy topcommenter

@forwardpride  Awesome.  Thank you very much for the reference.  Quite fitting, in this instance.

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