PRISON ESCAPEE: John Killick has turned his life around since escaping a NSW prison via helicopter in 1999,
PRISON ESCAPEE: John Killick has turned his life around since escaping a NSW prison via helicopter in 1999, Contributed

Prison escapee shares stories of life on the inside

MANY would argue that rehabilitation in our prisons is not working.

John Killick is one such person. He has spent a good portion of his life behind bars.

A former bank robber, Killick made international headlines when he broke out of jail in a hijacked helicopter. His third book, On the Inside, focuses on his life inside Australia's most notorious prisons.

Killick is genuinely remorseful for his past actions and now helps others to not make the same mistakes.

LISTEN: For the full conversation with Kohn Killick click the podcast button below:

Matt Collins:

Tell me about some of the toughest things you experienced in jail.

 

John Killick:

You meet a lot of murderers in jail. They seem to be normal people. Most of the time when you are on the inside you don't know what they are in for.

 

MC:

You got to know one man who had killed 10 members of his family. Did he tell you about that?

 

JK:

I didn't like the guy, he used to suck up to the guards. All he told me was he was in for murdering his wife.

 

MC:

You've written three books. What would your response be to the person who says you shouldn't be allowed to profit from crime?

 

JK:

I can understand that but I don't make much money from the books. The kid at Hungry Jacks makes more money than I do. Just about everything I've made I send to the Philippines to a couple of families who I help out.

 

MC:

You mention Chopper Reid in your book. Is there any truth in his books?

 

JK:

Most of his stuff was lies. Everybody knows. He was funny, in one interview he is saying he has killed eight people and then he starts writing children's books.

 

MC:

What do you think is the biggest misconception the general public has about prison?

 

JK:

I think a lot of people get a movie idea of what prison is all about. I think most people think people are raped and beaten up in jail. Back in the '60s, you'd go into your cell, lights out at 9pm and next minute I'd have three guys standing over me. But I don't think that happens as much any more. I think drugs are the big problem these days.

 

LISTEN: For the full conversation with John Killick click the podcast button below: