Who are Richard Matt and David Sweat, the inmates who staged a daring Hollywood-like disappearing act from a New York maximum security prison?
Until last weekend, no one had escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., since it was built in the mid-19th century.
Both are convicted murderers whom officials described as dangerous. They were discovered missing early Saturday after using mysteriously acquired power tools to cut their way out of their cells.
Officials say they could be anywhere — near the prison or even long gone from the U.S. The prison is just 20 miles south of Canada.
Matt, 48, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life for the murder of his boss in 1997. According to trial testimony, he and an accomplice, Lee Bates, drove to the home of William Rickerson, 76, intending to steal large sums of money. When Rickerson apparently didn't have any cash on hand, Matt beat him, then hit him with a knife sharpener and stuck the sharpener into Rickerson's ear.
Then, Matt bound him with duct tape and shoved him into the trunk of the car. Over the next 27 hours, Bates and Matt drove from North Tonawanda, N.Y., to Ohio and back, Bates testified.
Frustrated with Rickerson for not providing information on where he kept his supposed stash of money, Matt bent his fingers until the bones cracked. Later, he snapped Rickerson's neck with his bare hands.
Matt dismembered Rickerson's body with a hacksaw and dumped the remains in the Niagara River.
Then Matt fled to Mexico, where he killed another man outside a bar in Matamoros. Mexican authorities arrested and convicted him. He served nine years in a Mexican prison before being extradited to the U.S. in 2007.
He went on trial for Rickerson's death in 2008. A jury convicted him after deliberating for four hours.
When Matt escaped, he had served six years of his sentence.