The story of David Sweat and Richard Matt’s prison escape is almost like the plotline of The Shawkshank Redemption. Last year David Sweat (34) sawed a hole in the back of his prison cell at the Clinton Correctional Facility, and began making nightly explorations in the tunnels underneath. Eventually, both he and fellow inmate Richard Matt (48) escaped, but were unable to remain free for long: Richard Matt was shot and killed during a police showdown, and David Sweat was captured by police.
Tonight’s Dateline, “Secrets at the Sunshine Hotel” delves into the grizzly 2013 attack of 78-year-old Yakima, Washington real estate broker Vern Holbrook. The man was lured to a vacant home by a couple posing as home buyers. Luis Gomez-Monges and Adriana Mendez left their three children behind in the car when they followed Holbrook into his home, and the struck him from behind. He was found badly beaten, and with his throat cut, but was still alive.
Holbrook passed away several months later, but it became clear that there were other people involved in his murder, including family.