Here’s an update on the Richard Lee McNair saga:

McNair, the former US Air Force sergeant, prison escape artist — and the subject of several TV documentaries — is no longer at ADX the Supermax in Florence, Colorado.

McNair shot and killed a trucker in cold blood in North Dakota in 1987. The man is best known — not for the brutal murder — but for his three escapes — from a jail, a state penitentiary and a federal penitentiary.

In his last escape in April 2006, McNair shipped himself to freedom from a pen in Pollock, Louisiana, by hiding in a crate of old mailbags.

For the past 14 years, McNair has been at the Supermax — the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” — home of the Unabomber, the Shoe Bomber, Doctor Death, El Chapo, etc, etc. He was sent to the Supermax after being captured by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Campbellton, New Brunswick in October 2007.

Richard Lee McNair walked out of the Supermax on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 — but he didn’t go far. Wearing handcuffs and leg irons, the convicted killer went straight to a ‘regular’ federal prison close by.

It’s not known if McNair will ever be released, or how long he will remain in a federal pen. That’s up to the Parole Board in North Dakota … and of course, lawyers.

McNair turned 64 in December 2022.

4 thoughts on “Exit ADX

  1. It will be interesting to see what the next element in the saga of Richard McNair’s life will be. Maybe he will be paroled in time before he leaves this dimension?


  2. Any idea why they moved him out of ADX?

    How did you find this out?

    Has Richard sent you any info on his time in ADX or why this move was made?


    • Hi Brian,

      I don’t know why McNair was transferred, but I do know he has repeatedly requested a transfer out of ADX. Perhaps the Warden at ADX could share more, I don’t know.

      News of McNair’s transfer is from two reliable sources. They will remain confidential.

      And yes, Richard McNair has described in detail his time at the Supermax. See Chapter 13 of the book.

      All the best …


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