Contact Us

Escapee David Sweat May Have Taken Survival Course

David Sweat, one of the two killers who escaped from a maximum-security state prison, may have had an important advantage in living in the North Country while on the run.

Sweat actually may have benefited from tips he learned from a prison wilderness survival course. Those lessons may have given him an advantage over fellow escapee Richard Matt, who was shot and killed last Friday.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder raised that intriguing possibility during a live radio interview Monday morning.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Harder said he’d been advised that when Sweat “was in prison before, (he) actually took a course on survival in the wilderness.”

Harder said he believed Sweat “was more prepared for the wilderness than Matt.” The sheriff noted Matt “had all kinds of problems” in coping with the tough conditions of the heavily wooded area around the prison. Matt is said to have left behind bloody socks and had become ill, likely from drinking bad water.

Harder said the men at some point split up, probably because of Matt’s condition. He said “Sweat knew enough to move on without him.”

Sweat was taken into custody near the Canadian border Sunday afternoon after a state police sergeant shot him twice in the torso. Sweat was reported in serious condition Monday afternoon at Albany Medical Center.

LISTEN to the Binghamton Now interview with Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

 For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

Best of 1290 WNBF

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for News-Breakers Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive News-Breakers Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.