The Last Escape: The True Story of the Helicopter Bandit
John Killick fed his gambling addiction by robbing banks in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, but this career criminal entered a new phase when he met Russian immigrant Lucy Dudko at a party in 1995. When a warrant was issued in Queensland for his arrest on old charges, Killick and Dudko went on the run which ended in his capture after a failed bank robbery in Bowral, NSW in January 1999. In one of the most audacious prison breaks in Australian history, Killick was broken out of Sydney's Silverwater prison after Dudko commandeered a scenic helicopter flight at gunpoint. Australia's 'Bonnie and Clyde' spent another 45 days on the run before recaptured Killick was sentenced to 14 years' jail; Dudko got 8 years. After he was released in 2015, the pair meet up again but are they the same people? Is the magic still there? This is John Killick's story raw, confronting and redemptive. In prison, John was able to participate in courses that helped him manage his addiction and put him on the right road for successful rehabilitation. In addition to these rehabilitative programs, they were also combined with writing courses (novel and short story). This is his story of self-discovery, of a wasted life of years in prison, and one which he hopes will stop other young offenders from making similar mistakes.