Prisons are packed with con artists and career criminals who are always looking to pull a fast one whenever the opportunity arises. While some are only serving minor sentences and hoping to do their time quietly, others are behind bars for lengthy sentences and on the lookout for any chance of freedom, no matter how brief.

One Alabama prison guard learned the hard way just how crafty these criminals can be. According to multiple reports, 12 inmates serving time for a myriad of charges ranging from drug charges to attempted murder were able to escape after fooling a new prison employee with peanut butter. Using the peanut butter to change the number on a door, the new guard believed that they were opening the door from their control station to allow the inmates to enter back into their cells. As it would turn out, the door actually led to the outside.


The prisoners used the opportunity to jump a barbed wire fence and enjoy their momentary freedom. All except for one inmate were picked up within the day.

Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick, who is serving time for marijuana and drug paraphernalia, is the only inmate who was not immediately captured. Prison officials believe that Kilpatrick will be apprehended soon.

“Escapes happen,” Walker County Sheriff James Underwood told reporters. “We’ve got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail. You’ve got to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses.”

While a manhunt is currently underway for Kilpatrick, so far prison officials are reporting that there were no serious injuries as a result of the prison break. Only one of the escapees required medical treatment after cutting his thumb jumping the barbed wire fence that surrounds the prison grounds.