Manderson one of only a few multiple jail breakers

| 22/08/2013

(CNS): Steve Manderson’s multiple escapes appear to put the local con into a record breaking category as one of only a handful of people in the world that have escaped multiple times from jail. Although the Guinness Book of Records has confirmed that they have no category for the highest number of jail breaks, research on the web reveals that Manderson, with six successful escapes from Cayman's jail, may only have one rival for the title of the most breaks from the same prison. A prisoner in Belize named Dennis Quilter has escaped from jail eight times but it is not clear if this was all from the same facility.

Quilter was recaptured in 2010 after his eighth time on the run, that time for four months. He pleaded guilty in court to escaping custody, claiming he had to run because of the inhumane treatment at the prison

In the 1990's Steven Jay Russell, the consummate con man and subject of a 2009 comedy film, 'I love you Phillip Morris', escaped four timesfrom different prisons in the US using particularly ingenious methods.

In modern times multiple escapes are increasingly rare as a result of the high security now adopted, but even back in the mid-1800's Joseph Bolitho Johns (1826–1900), better known as Moondyne Joe, only managed to escape five times from Australian jails.

Meanwhile, Argentina's prison chief quit his week after 13 dangerous inmates tunnelled their way out of a maximum-security prison in a Buenos Aires suburb. The inmates dug through solid concrete and then cut through four rows of fencing, officials said. Most of the escaped inmates were serving time for murder, armed robbery, kidnapping or bank robbery. Prison system director Victor Hortel announced his resignation Tuesday and 19 other prison guards and supervisors were put on leave pending an investigation.

Here in Cayman, Manderson, who is serving a life sentence for murder, has managed to break out of Northward six times. This time he escaped with his son, Marcus, and they have now been on the run for more than a week. A third inmate, Chadwick Dale, who busted out of the prison with the Mandersons, was captures on Tuesday afternoon. According to officials, he appeared to have been living rough since the escape.

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  1. Anonymous says:


    You are very obviously suffering from the very serious illusion that you have a right to speak for all of society. I would very much assure you that is absolutely not nor will ever be the case. Wake up and get a life my friend. What you sow so shall you reap. Condemn and you will be condemned. THAT is a higher law than any in our society. Understand that for your own ignorant sake.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just cant understand why Caymanians are so cold hearted. If Steve was another Nationality they would by now have gotten their act together to do whatever necessary to prove that Steve was innocent. We care a people of talk only. It certainly makes a difference when you are poor in this Country. Not even Politicians care. It must be terrible sitting in prison for at least 20 yrs and knowing that for the remainder of your life that you will be there and for something that you did not do. Just put yourselves in Steves place.

    • Anonymous says:

      Its called ignorance my friend. Unfortunately we seem to be blessed with way more than our share of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Those who are piping up about this convicted killer being "innocent", (after a trial and failed appeal), should put their money where their mouth is and fund some lawyers to try another appeal rather than spout pro-criminal message.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can't believe how many people online support these criminal wastes of space.

    • Anonymous says:


      What bothers me even more is the number of self righteous losers ready to send him straight to hell with not the slightest clue as to whether he actually committed the crime he's paying for.

      • Anonymous says:

        You seem to have forgotten about the conviction and the failed appeal.  In our society we have delegated the decisions about whether someone committed a crime to a jury and the appeals process.  He is therefore a murdered as far as society is concerned.

        • Anonymous says:

          You said it so right: "He is therefore a murdered" by the ignorant among us.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This article shows more about the poor state of Northward than the ability of Manderson. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    To escape prison six times means you have two qualities:

    1) Be good at escaping from prison;

    2) Being not so good at not being found after you have escaped.


    • Anonymous says:

      I don't care who you are.  That is funny!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      He turns himself in more often than he's being found, jerk, which says it all about how good he is.

      • Anonymous says:

        Doesn't that really make him a stupid sad loser?

        • Anonymous says:

          That depends he whether he committed the crime hes been charged with. which neither you nor I know.

      • Anonymous says:

        When he does "turn himself in" I suggest his legs are shackled together 24/7 to make escape number 7 more challenging for him.

        • Anonymous says:

          Since you have no idea whether he committed the crime he's paying for, i suggest you shackle your tongue to that hole in your head to make posting crap on CNS more challenging for yourself.

          • Anonymous says:

            While you may have understood your suggestion, I faile to see how shackling my tongue to the "hole in my head"  (which one?) will affect my postings, as I post by typing with my fingers.  In fact I am typing right now with a gimp mask on to prove my point. 

            I have all the idea I need by the way, a conviction and a failed appeal.  End of story in my book.

            Stupid angry people.  You gotta laugh at them.  


            • Anonymous says:


              Perhaps when you're done laughing you'll give yourself a chance to think about who's stupid.

        • Anonymous says:

          Boy, i wish i had as many computers as you do.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    when you print idiotic stories like this is it any wonder they try to escape? you are literally taunting him to escape again now once he is caught WOW. speachless.

    • SSM345 says:

      If I or you were locked up for a crime I / you did not commit, would you be hanging out twiddling your thumbs in Northward?

      • Anonymous says:

        So it logically follows that anyone who escapes from prison is innocent?  I guess that would proof in the courts?

      • Anonymous says:

        You mean he wasn't convicted and found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? If he was, how do YOU know that he is innocent?    

        • Anonymous says:

          Dont you know that lots of people was found guilty and put in prison when in fact they were innocent. The little guy from East End who was in the cell across has said to many people that he saw what happened but he was told that he could not give a statement. If Steve was a killer dont you all think that during 6 break outs from prison that he would not have harmed somebody? If you think that it is nice being incarcerated for a act that you did not do just ask our own good ole Jibba who was put in Prison in Jamaica for an act he did not do. Thank God he was pardoned and since all these past years he has held down one job and is a very decent man in the Community. Thats the God that we serve.

          • Anonymous says:

            None of that proves anything at all about Steve Manderson's guilt or innocence of the particular crime, dimwit. The presumption of innocence stops once you are convicted. The fact is you DON'T KNOW that he was innocent so stop making those claims.

            • Anonymous says:

              Dimwit, many a person has gone to prison and was even hung for what they did not do. Man is Man and not God, mistakes are easily made. Having Jurors on cases are made up of people such as you who have no sense of reasoning and just ready to play with  innocent peoples lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where does he get time to go on CNS you muppet?

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously the chance of catching headlines on CNS is the only reason he busts out. If only we'd thought of that first!  Here's another bright idea – let's just make it so easy to escape that it's not newsworthy anymore – then he'll stay inside.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can we all get a fund going for Steve and do whatever we need to do to have his case reopened if that is possible. Come on Church people put your hearts where yourmouths are. If he is definately guilty then he must pay the price. Man is only human and can surely make mistakes. Trust our new Governor will look into this .

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great news that the one dude has been captured. While CI Malcom Kay stated that these guys do not apear to pose a threat to the larger communiity, it would appear that tthis man captured was the most pressing threat as he stabbed a woman during a robbery. Manderson is a convicted killer, but has never been violent during his last 5 escapes, and while he needs to be put back into custody, people can rest that a cold blooded man is not running loose, at least for a a little while. THe next phase of this is really taking a hard look at the failures of this prison, the Prison Director, and the staff. There are CCTV there. Eric Bush and Mr. Bostock needs to be held accountable and answer why this did not prevent the breech. Who is watching the CCT? Were they working? Who mans the fences??? You can have the best fence in the world, but a fence no matter how much will not keep someone inside unless EYES are watchiung them. Any fence that is within reason can be breeched – just give someone time. At this appears is what went on. They were allowed freedom around the prison. They had time to get over several fences. UNless the fences are collapsed in which case everyone in charge should be fired, they did not jump over those fences in 5 minutes. THere is a high fence surrounding that prison. Did they cut it?  There is no way around admitting that the true failure was the freedom these men enjoyed around the yard, and the lack of supervision wjile enjoying that freedom. Shame on the Director for allowing these men to mingle under such slack supervision. It would be one thing if they breeched after killing a few guards that tried to stop them, it is another that they walked right out and noone noticed, in spite of a million dollar CCTV system, GUards, and several fences. What they are asking for is a wal that you need HIGH MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GEAR to get over to  be erected around that prison, to compenstate for the slack policy's that are employed. This country cannot afford that nor can the country afford the  run of for viloent offenders. Time to do better and stop lip service.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Time to turn yourself in Steve buddy. You've got three more to go to break the record.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am sure security in Cayman jail is not up to world's standards. Besides, if many believe he is innocent, he might have had help from the guards.

    • SSM345 says:

      If you were keeping up with the news you would have read at the get go when they escaped that a 4th person was arrested (an inmate) for helping.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This really is going to get made into a film one day….possibly along Shakesperian lines, perhaps a Comedy of Errors?