Reports: Prison seamstress linked to escaped killers

A married prison seamstress allegedly linked to the daring escape by two killers from a New York state prison was hospitalized for a “panic attack” at the time the pair climbed to freedom through a manhole, according to media reports.

Citing unidentified sources, CNN reported that 51-year-old Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell allegedly intended to be the men’s getaway driver but got cold feet and failed to show up at a rendezvous point near the maximum security prison in the small upstate New York community of Dannemora.

At the time, she had checked herself into a hospital with a “case of the nerves,” officials told NBC News.
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