Philip Ross left this work of art in the comments yesterday – he picks apart master criminalÂ Phillip Smith’s escape plan
It is rather ironic that despite all the news articles about this criminal’s clever planning, he acted rather like Frank Spencer (for those under 30, of “Some Mothers Do Have Them”, a classic British comedy) once he departed our shores.
Mistake number one was travelling to his destination by air once he reached Santiago. It did not take long for the particulars of the onward travel to emerge once the Chilean authorities advised he had not entered Chile. If he entered Chile and almost immediately taken a bus across the Andes to Mendoza the trail would have been much more complex. Though there is a border crossing involved it is a land border. The Argentines would have accepted his passport and given him a tourist permit for 90 days. From Mendoza he could have travelled, again by road to the north of Argentina, possibly to a town such as Posadas.
To confuse the authorities again, he could have crossed to Paraguay. Even better as far as he would be concerned, a few crisp George Washingtons and the Paraguayan authorities would probably not care whether he had a passport or not. Land crossings are often far laxer than airports. I have seen a British girl cross from Peru into Bolivia without a passport as hers had been stolen the previous night. Apprised of the problem, the bus driver just kept her on the bus and drove across the border while the remainder of the passengers went in to have their passports stamped. Nobody seemed to notice. Finally, if his destination were Rio, he could cross a few days later from Ciudad del Este into Brazil and make his way overland to Rio. Read more »