Jenny Craig Convict: Inmate Slims Down and Then Escapes Through Vent

In Hempstead, Texas, prison guards noticed that Darryl Layne Norris seemed to be watching his weight and slimming down. They found out why when Norris escaped through a foot-wide air vent at the Waller County jail.

Norris was charged with murder in connection to an April 17 convenience store robbery. He is 26 and weighs, in his best jail escaping shape, 160-pounds. Even so, for a 6-foot guy, it was no small feat — or perhaps it was a small feat but still an impressive one.

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11 thoughts on “Jenny Craig Convict: Inmate Slims Down and Then Escapes Through Vent”

  1. Wow, I must be getting old. Apparently nobody recalls that Ted Bundy escaped from prison in Aspen, Colorado, by this method.

    Not a single article I read on this case noted that pertinent fact.

  2. Jill,
    You are right that Fed Willard stole the show, but Eugene Levy was excellent in Best in Show and just about everything else he has been in. Have a great week.

  3. Fred Willard steals that show! I heard a dog show announcer who sounded just like him once. I couldn’t stop laughing. One of these diet companies has got to “sign” this man right now! Don’t let him escape. Perfect spokesman. “There’s so many things I can do now that I’ve slimmed down” etc.

  4. Jill,
    Waiting for Guffman was good, but that group’s best movie was Best of Show. i liked Das Boot also. Those WWII subs were so tiny compared to the latest models.

  5. This is only tangentially related but… The German film Das Boot takes place mostly on a submarine during WWII (it’s excellent). In Waiting For Guffman, the main character comes up with the idea of selling Das Boot action figures. He then proceeds to mock the Germans like I thought only the English were capabable of doing. It involves everything being “very claustrophobic” and goes down from there.

  6. Jill,
    You are right. I don’t think I could handle that small space for as long as it must of taken him to get through it.

  7. rafflaw,

    Very claustrophobic! I don’t know how he did it mentally or physically.

  8. Jill,
    I would think he would need alot of butter pads to slither his way through a 12 inch wide vent. I am still trying to figure out how he did it. At 6 feet, 160 pounds he is pretty thin, but you would think his hips would be too big.

  9. He probably stole some butter pads (allowed under Atkins) to help grease the way!

  10. Hickory Dickory Dock,

    The convict evaded the lock.

    He crawled out through a vent,

    Without paying rent,

    Now its the warden,

    who’s heads on the block.

  11. The only response I have to this one is to repeat a limerick that I learned many years ago, “There was once a young lady named Lynne who was extremely thin so when she went to drink lemonade, she slipped throught the straw, and fell in” I wish I could remember who wrote it, but it applies here. That was some serious wiggling to make that escape.

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