Former prisoner John Killick to visit Campbelltown library for book talk

Many people would have read about or remember the escapades of John Killick.

And come February, Campbelltown residents will have the chance to come face-to-face with one of Australia’s most infamous former prisoners.

On Thursday, February 8 from 6pm-8pm, Mr Killick will talk about his book – The Last Escape: The Man Behind the Most Daring Jailbreak in Australia History – at the HJ Daley Library in Campbelltown.

In 1999, Mr Killick and his accomplice, Lucy Dudko, made headlines for a brazen incident at Silverwater Correctional Complex.

The duo began a relationship in 1995, but when Mr Killick was jailed for robbing a bank and shooting at an off-duty police officer, Ms Dudko decided she had to bust her lover out.

On March 25, 1999, she hired a helicopter and forced the pilot, at gun-point, to land in the prison’s exercise yard.

The duo escaped and became the targets of one of the biggest manhunts in Australia.

Convicted: Lucy Dudko leaving Downing Centre Court in 2001 after she was found guilty of staging a daring escape for her jailed lover. Picture: Laure Freizer/AAP

Convicted: Lucy Dudko leaving Downing Centre Court in 2001 after she was found guilty of staging a daring escape for her jailed lover. Picture: Laure Freizer/AAP

They evaded authorities for 46 days but were eventually captured at the Bass Hill Tourist Park Motel.

Mr Killick told Fairfax Media the couple “cherished every moment” together while they were on the run.

“We were also desperate,” he said. “There was no plan B.

“The publicity was overwhelming. The media kept speculating it was only a matter of time before I robbed another bank – but that wasn't on the agenda.

“At one stage, I tried to get a job washing dishes in Melbourne…just so we could lie low and stay together longer.”

Even prison bars couldn’t break the bond between the pair as they exchanged more than 4500 letters while incarcerated.

In 2006 Ms Dudko was released from jail and three years later told Fairfax Media that she had “moved on” from Mr Killick.

Mr Killick was released from jail in 2015. As part of his parole conditions, Mr Killick is forbidden from contacting his partner in crime until 2022.

For more details on the book talk visit campbelltown.nsw.gov.au or call 4645 4444. 

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