The RadioDana Diaries

Diary Entry #3 : "Butterflies Unleashed: The Toby Dorr Story"

January 22, 2020 Dana Wright KMBZ Season 1 Episode 3
The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #3 : "Butterflies Unleashed: The Toby Dorr Story"
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The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #3 : "Butterflies Unleashed: The Toby Dorr Story"
Jan 22, 2020 Season 1 Episode 3
Dana Wright KMBZ

People always ask me, "What's the craziest story you've ever covered as a reporter?"  You would be hard pressed to find a crime more baffling and bizarre and unbelievable than the one involving Toby Dorr.  Dorr was a married mother of two, named Toby Young, who'd never had a traffic ticket in her life. In 2004, she started a volunteer program inside of a maximum security prison in Kansas. She spent hours inside prison walls, helping inmates train and foster stray dogs.  About a year after the canine prison program started, Toby fell in love with a convicted murderer and smuggled him out of Lansing Prison in a dog crate.  The pair spent two weeks on the run before a dramatic high speed chase brought it all to an end.  But if you look beyond the sensational headlines, Toby's story is actually one of redemption. She was handed a 27 month prison sentence, and now says her time behind bars -as an inmate- saved her life.  Toby said to me, "I have never been closer to anyone in my life than the women I met in prison."  Toby is now out of prison, happily married and on a mission to help other incarcerated women.  She tells them that her fall from grace wasn't pretty, and made international headlines.  But she also reassures them, "No one is as bad as their biggest mistake..." Toby's story is Diary Entry #3.

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People always ask me, "What's the craziest story you've ever covered as a reporter?"  You would be hard pressed to find a crime more baffling and bizarre and unbelievable than the one involving Toby Dorr.  Dorr was a married mother of two, named Toby Young, who'd never had a traffic ticket in her life. In 2004, she started a volunteer program inside of a maximum security prison in Kansas. She spent hours inside prison walls, helping inmates train and foster stray dogs.  About a year after the canine prison program started, Toby fell in love with a convicted murderer and smuggled him out of Lansing Prison in a dog crate.  The pair spent two weeks on the run before a dramatic high speed chase brought it all to an end.  But if you look beyond the sensational headlines, Toby's story is actually one of redemption. She was handed a 27 month prison sentence, and now says her time behind bars -as an inmate- saved her life.  Toby said to me, "I have never been closer to anyone in my life than the women I met in prison."  Toby is now out of prison, happily married and on a mission to help other incarcerated women.  She tells them that her fall from grace wasn't pretty, and made international headlines.  But she also reassures them, "No one is as bad as their biggest mistake..." Toby's story is Diary Entry #3.