For the first time on Sunday Night, the full, extraordinary story behind Australia’s most daring prison escape.
In 1999, only a stone’s throw from the Sydney Olympic site, bank robber John Killick’s beautiful Russian-born mistress hijacked a chopper at gunpoint and forced the pilot to land in the exercise yard of Silverwater jail to fly her lover to freedom.
A week before the audacious jailbreak, ‘Red Lucy’ had hired the movie Breakout featuring Charles Bronson to study how Hollywood pulled off the same plan and realised it could work. As the chopper hit the ground and Australia’s most infamous bank robber John Killick clambered aboard, prison guards opened fire and inmates cheered.
But some details of the daring escape have never been revealed – until now. Reporter Mike Willesee pieces together the incredible escape with Killick himself, as well as the cop who caught him, the chopper pilot who pulled it off with a gun to his head, and the woman Killick has always loved.