In June, four foreign prisoners broke out of a notorious prison in Bali, Indonesia and, as Ian Lloyd Neubauer writes, one has been using social media to taunt those hunting for him ever since.
It was a jailbreak straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster: using forks, cups and a bucket, four foreign inmates burrow a tunnel 15m underneath a wall at Kerobokan prison and steal into the night.
Four days later, two of the fugitives – Bulgarian ATM scammer Dimitar Nikolon Iliev and Indian drug smuggler Indian Sayed Muhammad Said – are discovered hiding out in a luxury hotel more than 2,000km (1,250 miles) away in the island-state of East Timor and taken back to Kerobokan.
The other two fugitives – Malaysian drug smuggler Tee Kok King and Shaun Davidson, a 33-year-old Australian imprisoned for overstaying his visa and using false documents and who was about to be released – have been on the run for two months now since that breakout in June.
No information is available on the possible whereabouts of Tee Kok King.
Yet much debate surrounds Davidson’s whereabouts.
Indonesian police maintain he’s hiding out in Bali, where he has extensive contacts with local mafia, while Australia’s News Corp has speculated he’s probably rubbing shoulders with fellow criminals in the Thai city of Pattaya, Asia’s capital of vice.
Roberto Castro, a Kerobokan inmate from Peru, says rumour on the inside is that Davidson is hiding in Malaysia.
But according to Davidson’s Facebook page, under the alias Matthew Rageone Ridler, he travelled to Amsterdam, Germany and Dubai in the weeks following his escape.
Davidson is also using Facebook to taunt his would-be captors by publishing mock-up “wanted” posters describing himself a “gangsta and ladies man” and updates like “50 days tomorrow can I get a round of applause?”
The antics have earned him celebrity status and comparisons to Frank Abagnale, the career conman played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can.