There have been many movies about prison breaks where inmates dig tunnels with a spoon, hide in a laundry cart, or use a knife to cut through iron bars. In this story, 12 inmates at Walker County Jail had a much more ingenious method – they used Peanut Butter. All but one of the 12 prisoners are back behind bars.

Peanut butter fools prison guard

This jailbreak is probably worthy of a Hollywood movie as 12 inmates at the Walker County Jail in Alabama escaped on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. It was simple – the prisoners removed peanut butter from their sandwiches, stored it, and used it to conceal the number on an exit door.

An inexperienced prison guard then opened the door to the outside, believing it to be just another cell door.

Walker County Sheriff James Underwood told ABC News that after the inmates covered the door number, they yelled out to the guard to open the door. The prison guard then complied, hitting the lock on the door, and, without realizing it, allowed the 12 inmates to stroll free. Underwood said the whole idea might sound crazy, but the kind of people they have in the jail are “crazy like a fox.” The inmates in question had blankets with them, which they then used to cover the barbed wire on the fence surrounding the jail, then climbed over said fence.

11 of the 12 escaped inmates back behind bars

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office said on their Facebook page that 11 of the 12 wily inmates have since been captured and are back behind bars.

Two of those inmates were in prison on attempted murder charges, while the others had been charged with various crimes, including theft, domestic violence, burglary, and disorderly conduct. They will now be hit with additional charges, possibly lengthening their stay behind said bars. The only inmate still at large as of Monday night is 24-year-old Brady Andrew Kilpatrick – pictured above – who was jailed for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other related charges.

Underwood went on to say that they have some evil people in the jail and that they are always scheming to try and con the guards. He said they always need to be on their toes and this time they slipped up. Underwood said he wasn’t going to make any excuses about the jailbreak and that it was caused by human error. According to, Underwood did say that they hadn’t had an escape at the jail in three years, and that escapes are "part of the business" when you run a jail.