WHAT THE HECK IS THIS MERDE?
Bear with me on this one. I have to give you some background.
So there's this guy named Joseph Menconi
, a small time hood that specialized in armed robbery who worked his way into the big time by murdering a French Foreign Legionaire. When in prison he met some organized crime figures. He escaped during a trip to the hospital in 1998 by using a home-made rope ladder, and his new buddies got him a job in the assassination racket
. A real sweetheart, this Menconi.
So the cops nab him on December 7th of 2002. You'd think that the French criminal justice system would be pretty careful with him. After all, he's made the big time! No telling what he knows about organized crime families in France. Even if he doesn't want to turn on his buddies, he's still a fairly big fish in a high-profile case. It's time for the high security and the extra precautions.
The French police blew it like it's never been blown before. For one thing they stuck him in a prison at Borgo, Corsica
. It just happened to be the same prison he waltzed out of five years ago.
This time he decided that escaping by climbing down rope ladders was out. Three accomplices showed up and threatened the guards with a fake bazooka made out of pipe and black paint. These guards actually believed that, instead of pistols or a shotgun, these criminals were staging a jailbreak with a single anti-tank weapon
! (I can't for the life of me understand that one) Menconi managed to get out of his ultra-secure prison cell by sawing through the bars. When his accomplices arrived he eeled out of the hole he had made and they all jumped in a stolen car and ran for it. All of the prison guards and the local cops were so taken by surprise that this gangster, this assassin, this killer-for-hire got away clean. Pathetic.
I just read this article
on the Yahoo! news server. Seems that another
French underworld figure had been nabbed by the cops. Antonio Ferrara was the perp's name, and this time they stashed him in a prison right outside Paris. Didn't work, though. A commando raid broke him out around 04:30 on March 13. Automatic weapons supressed the guards in the watchtowers while plastic explosives blew open a few walls and the bars of Ferrara's cell. The gang also blew open a gate using a rocket launcher (a real one this time!). When they searched Ferrara's cell after the break they found a cell phone, some explosives and detonators. I suppose the only reason he didn't have his own bazooka was due to the fact that he found it to be too heavy.
It would appear that no one was hurt during the raid. The local cops, as well as the vaunted French anti-terrorist units, were rendered completely ineffective when the gang set a few cars on fire to cover their escape. Everybody got away clean.
What the heck is going on over in France? Boy Scout summer camps over here in America have better security than this!
If I ever get arrested I hope it's in France. The prison food has got to be better, and I could just leave their maximum security prisons if I ever got too bored.