Joseph Banks, 37, on the lam from police after escaping high rise jail in downtown Chicago.
*This story sounds like something right off of a sitcom.
The Rapunzel-type escape from jail is something we’ve only heard about in the movies.
The New York Daily News reports that the two, Kenneth Conley, 38, and Joseph Banks, 37, also known as the “Second Hand Bandit”, performed their own form of Shawshank Redemption.
They broke out of a high rise jail in downtown Chicago called Metropolitan Correctional Center, before 5am using a slew of bed sheets to shimmy down 15 stories.
Yep, that’s what we said…15 stories!
Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, left, and Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, hacked themselves out of a small window inside their prison cells.
*A prison break is near impossible, except when inmates get inside favors.
Having that inside help might make it less difficult. In fact, that’s probably the only way the escape can be made possible. Officials are hinting at such “participation” in the latest successful escape.
Two inmates in Texarkana, Arkansas, Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, and Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, are on the lam after making a daring escape from prison on Memorial Day. (more…)
*Even two years after his death, Michael Jackson is still making news.
Some old stuff got dug up when reporters had a flash back from Jermaine telling the The London Times how the family would have saved the pop star if convicted for child molestation back in 2005.
Jermaine Jackson’s rep, Steve Dennis, clarified to E! News exactly what he meant when he said little brother Jackson would board a private jet to Bahrain, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S. But the “plan” was not to be taken literally.
“It wasn’t an actual plan, because if he was convicted, he would be handcuffed and put in jail.” Adding, “It was an idea Michael was unaware of. It was supposed to be demonstrative of how desperate Jermaine was. He felt the justice system was so against Michael … He was determined to get him out, he was determined to save him from persecution [if convicted].”
However, the plan is detailed in Jermaine’s book, “You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes” which will be published later this week. It includes Jermaine’s rationalization of what drove the family to cook up a such radical scenario:
“If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn’t do, America deserves us not to come back here.”