GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The man who escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Super Bowl Sunday, then kidnapped a woman to steal her vehicle reached out to WZZM 13 to tell his side of the story.
Michael Elliot wrote WZZM 13's Hannah Saunders a five page, handwritten letter, which was mailed to the newsroom Friday morning. Saunders corresponded with Elliot requesting information on the jail escape.
The letter is well written; five pages of proper grammar, good penmanship, and a demonstration of extensive research he has done on the criminal justice system. In the letter, Elliot shares more details on how he escaped, writing, "I have been fighting my case for 20 years or so, and the courts just have failed to look at the evidence fairly. After all that time of no one listening, I decided to free myself."
Elliot says he wants to speak to WZZM but all of our requests for interviews and phone conversations have been denied. This is the first time he's been able to write to us.
"I only get an hour to write, brush my teeth and shower each day," he said in the letter. "I'll try to remember and answer all your questions from the first letter that disappeared."
WZZM also learned more about Elliot's family's violent past and how he was raised to not trust the justice system. He also admits to associating with the wrong people as a teenager and carried guns, something he says didn't help when he went to trial.
"I looked bad," he said "but I never killed anyone."
There is much more in the letter that has not heard before. WZZM 13 is working to confirm some of the details in the letter and we will have a closer look at it Monday.