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From News archives: Fugitive Richard Matt's long criminal history

A massive manhunt is under way for Niagara County torture-killer Richard W. Matt and another prisoner who escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in the Adirondacks.

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Matt was serving 25 years to life for the 1997 torture murder of North Tonawanda businessman William Rickerson. While on the lam, he killed a man in a barroom brawl in Mexico. In the early 1990s, he was involved in a murder-for-hire plot and escaped from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

Here are stories from The Buffalo News archives about Richard Matt:

2015: Two escapees' state of mind reflected in parole hearings

2015: Tipped off to Richard Matt's planned escape, Niagara County deputies took extra precautions during 2008 trial

2015: Escaped killer's son shares memories of his notorious father

2011: Security issues aired in Matt's bid for new trial in murder

2008: Sheriff acts fast to send killer Matt to prison right after sentencing

2008: Portrait of Richard Matt's troubled life of crime

2008: Accomplice testifies about torture, murder of businessman who had fired Matt

2007: Suspect in grisly 1997 slaying brought back for trial

1998: Tonawandan a suspect in slaying of businessman

1993: Man who helped foil murder-for-hire plot gets prison in unrelated rape, stabbing

1992: WNY man seen as key to probe of California murder-for-hire plot

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