Exclusive: Video Offers Glimpse Into Escaped Convict Richard Matt's Past

PHOTO: Video obtained by ABC News shows Richard Matt in 1997, playing with a blow dart gun.PlayObtained by ABC News
WATCH Video Emerges From NY Prison Escapee Richard Matt's Past

Video exclusively obtained by ABC News shows escaped convict Richard Matt back in 1997 before he committed the murder that put him behind bars.

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The grainy footage shows Matt -- nicknamed “Ricky” -- glaring into the camera as he poses with a blow dart gun.

"Let's dip these in AIDS blood, and we'll put a patent on them and sell as deadly weapons," he says in the video, holding a dart.

An associate, who is off camera, can also be seen testing out the weapon on Matt’s body, shooting a blow dart into his arm.

PHOTO: Video obtained by ABC News shows Richard Matt in 1997, playing with a blow dart gun.Obtained by ABC News
Video obtained by ABC News shows Richard Matt in 1997, playing with a blow dart gun.

The video was recorded before Matt was arrested for beating, torturing, killing and dismembering his former boss, William Rickerson.

Then 30, Matt would later be convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life.

PHOTO: Video obtained by ABC News shows Richard Matt in 1997, playing with a blow dart gun.Obtained by ABC News
Video obtained by ABC News shows Richard Matt in 1997, playing with a blow dart gun.

Matt and another man, David Sweat, escaped from a New York prison on June 6. The search for the men has intensified west of the prison in recent days, after prison-issue underwear and other items were recovered at a hunting cabin.

Food collected from the site featured positive DNA samples from both suspects, an official briefed on the search said.

New York State is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of either man or $100,000 for both. The U.S. Marshals Service has placed Sweat and Matt on the 15 most wanted fugitives list and is offering a $25,000 reward.

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