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Spam King Escapes From Federal Prison

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the must-have-hurt dept.

Spam 596

Bobfrankly1 writes "The FBI, IRS, and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are helping the US Marshals search for escaped 'Spam King' Edward 'Eddie' Davidson. He apparently jumped in a car with his wife, changed clothes at home, and hasn't been seen since." Update: 07/24 22:20 GMT by T : It seems that Davidson has been found, victim of a murder-suicide which also left two others dead.

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If only (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24317909)

If only there was some way to send an email to everybody in the world with this information.
;-)

Re:If only (0)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318003)

What's his website? Let's /. it!

Editors (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318153)

He apparently jumped in a car with his Wife, changed clothes at home, and hasn't been seen since.

To the douchebags who refer to themselves as "editors" I'll point out that "wife" is not a proper noun. I can see it now... "hey guys do you think maybe we should proofread once in a while?" ... "no fuck that, they'll accept whatever low-quality job we do hahahahaha!!". And they seem to be right.

Re:Editors (3, Funny)

MagdJTK (1275470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318393)

Thanks internet tough guy!

Or do you talk to people like that in real life too?

He is innocent! (4, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317911)

The one-armed man did it!

Spam (0, Redundant)

Narpak (961733) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317913)

Quick! Lets send this article as an email to a Billion people!

Re:Spam (0)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318115)

Damn near a photo finish(you were only four comments behind), and you still get marked "loser". Pretty harsh.

Re:Spam (1)

Narpak (961733) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318239)

It's not easy being a purveyor of spam. You need to refresh all your forums about four times a minute to ensure that your comments reach maximum spamness.

That being said, I reckon this news article in itself is almost spam. /yawn

The FBI press release (5, Informative)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317915)

Here's [fbi.gov] the FBI press release.

Re:The FBI press release (4, Insightful)

dintech (998802) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318253)

I'm really glad he did it. Maybe now he'll actually get the punishment he deserves.

On the next Prison Break... (5, Funny)

jorx (975057) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317925)

I knew they were hurting for ideas but this is rediculous!

Re:On the next Prison Break... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318227)

Re-diculous? As in being diculous again? You mean ridiculous, as in worthy of ridicule.

Re:On the next Prison Break... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318379)

Grammar Macht Frei!!11 SICH HEIL

Re:On the next Prison Break... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318249)

http://how-to-spell-ridiculous.com/ [how-to-spe...culous.com]

Incoming! (4, Funny)

bhodikhan (894485) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317929)

He's probably headed for the nearest datacenter to unleash an apocalyptic deluge of spam. Head for the hills! It's the end I tell you!

Re:Incoming! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318045)

Yes. On a brighter note, the FBI aren't expecting too much difficulty in finding him...

Re:Incoming! (3, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318069)

He's just planning to get to the 10 most wanted list of FBI before getting into prison.

Re:Incoming! (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318107)

I heard he was designing spam bots with pen and paper in the big house, an army the likes of which this world has never seen.

Re:Incoming! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318201)

Ugh. If he can read his writing, that is... I don't think I could read any of the spam e-mails I got, so I'm not too worried. What's in his head concerns me more...

Clothes? (5, Funny)

magical_mystery_meat (1042950) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317931)

I thought that changing clothes only worked if your wanted level was 2 stars.

Re:Clothes? (5, Funny)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318189)

I thought that changing clothes only worked if your wanted level was 2 stars.

And the FBI doesn't start chasing you til 5 stars! WTF!

Re:Clothes? (1)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318287)

I thought that changing clothes only worked if your wanted level was 2 stars.

Obviously it didn't work. They are still chasing him.

What to do next? (5, Interesting)

neapolitan (1100101) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317933)

Really, really bad move. Now, instead of two years at summer camp, he will go to many more years of Federal Pound-me-in-the-a$$ Prison. It is really, really hard in today's day and age to avoid being captured, even with a lot of money if you want to live at some decent level. His best bet I think is to go to a foreign country where he could blend in, and live inconspicuously.

Even in some place like Mexico he would be quite a stand out if he flashed cash, and in the US you'd ultimately fall temptation to going to the local drugstore and risk being nabbed on camera. Any lawyers know if there are any countries which would absolutely refuse extradition? If so, he would still need to 1) get there and 2) transfer enough money to survive, and much more if he couldn't work.

Interestingly enough, I think the next play depends on how many resources the US government will put into capturing him and raising awareness among people. A stint on "Dateline" or widely watched / read program would help any possible acquaintances turn him in.

Re:What to do next? (5, Funny)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318031)

Nah, Arrested Development taught me that you can escape as many times as you want, and they'll eventually let you go home with an ankle bracelet.

Re:What to do next? (3, Informative)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318043)

Even in some place like Mexico he would be quite a stand out if he flashed cash...

We have bank cards now, too. Just like you guys. If he starts flashing cash, the Zetas will get him.

Re:What to do next? (4, Funny)

bagboy (630125) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318073)

If there is any real justice in this world, an angry mob of sysadmins, email admins, etc. will hunt him down and force feed him a buttload of cialis until he vomits and chokes to death on them.

Re:What to do next? (4, Interesting)

Westech (710854) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318081)

He probably transferred a chunk of money into a country without an extradition treaty way before he got caught. He had a ton of money floating around before he was busted. It only makes sense that he set up an escape plan in case the spam hit the fan.

Re:What to do next? (5, Funny)

homesnatch (1089609) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318087)

In his next prison sentence, his inbox will be stuffed and it will probably be unsolicited.

Re:What to do next? (1)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318237)

Ewww... funny, but somehow disturbing :P

Re:What to do next? (5, Funny)

Free_Meson (706323) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318427)

In his next prison sentence, his inbox will be stuffed and it will probably be unsolicited.

If we're assuming archetypal prison behavior, wouldn't it be his outbox that gets stuffed?

Re:What to do next? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318121)

Real hard to avoid capture these days, is it?

Mind telling me where Osama bin Laden is hiding out to then? For a 6+ foot guy on kidney dialysis he should be easy enough to find, especially considering your logic.

So how come he hasn't been captured?

Re:What to do next? (1)

The Grassy Knoll (112931) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318213)

>Any lawyers know if there are any countries which would absolutely refuse extradition?

IANAL, but might I suggest Iran? Or North Korea?

Re:What to do next? (4, Insightful)

StrawberryFrog (67065) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318315)

Really, really bad move. Now, instead of two years at summer camp, he will go to many more years of Federal Pound-me-in-the-a$$ Prison.

Spammers are not known for taking the long view and doing the right thing.

Re:What to do next? (5, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318327)

Dearest,

I greet you in the name of God.I also want to sincerely apologies for and discomfort or embarrassment may cause you.As I am quite sure that you will be surprise to receive this message from me, i got your email address contact after a critical search for someone reliable with a good heart with whom i will be able to transact business with. I am spiritually assured that you will be capable of assisting me,this is why i have taken this step to contact you and hopefully get your attention to assist me in a certain business transaction that will be of benefit to you and I.

My name is Edward Davidson and I have substantial funds and assets to a value of US$ 1 billion within the United States of America that I need to have transferred out of the country in the form of cash or other high-value items. Please send an email to eddie@spamk1ng.org if you are interested in helping me. You will get a share of 30 percent if you are successful in helping me with this!

Please keep this confidential!

Re:What to do next? (1)

JumboMessiah (316083) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318331)

Namibia [cia.gov] comes to mind. Few high profile CEO's [wikipedia.org] are/were camping out there. Though they don't have an official extradition [wsj.com] policy, it appears Interpol can nab you if it wants.

Re:What to do next? (3, Interesting)

Duncan Blackthorne (1095849) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318357)

He's probably been learning Russian. I'm sure they'd greet him with a heroes' welcome and offer him a high-paying job with their organization, considering his "street cred".

Re:What to do next? (4, Interesting)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318363)

Brazil has no extradition treaty with the US, however for high profile targets they have been known to negotiate with the state department and turned people over for certain considerations.

Regrets? (4, Informative)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317935)

So he really regrets [yahoo.com] for the mess he's done? There are better ways to apologize than to escape prison!

Federal prison camp? (5, Insightful)

Gigiya (1022729) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317945)

Why not actually have criminals go to prison?

Re:Federal prison camp? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318093)

Because prison is a place for murderers and rapists. Not mass mailers...... He may have broke the law but putting him in real prison could make things worse for everyone when he gets out.

Re:Federal prison camp? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318163)

Because prison is a place for murderers and rapists. Not mass mailers...... He may have broke the law but putting him in real prison could make things worse for everyone when he gets out.
Yeah, real prison is where people learn how to make weapons grade email.

Re:Federal prison camp? (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318361)

He may have broke the law but putting him in real prison could make things worse for everyone when he gets out.

One possible benefit is that on coming out of jail he might be a little less keen to help people enlarge their penises.

Re:Federal prison camp? (5, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318127)

Because there is a difference between sending spam and committing a violent crime?

There are countries where jail is jail, whether you're a mass murderer or a serial jaywalker. I kinda like living in a country where they're not going to throw me in with the violent offenders if I scam the IRS.

Re:Federal prison camp? (4, Insightful)

Sen.NullProcPntr (855073) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318293)

I kinda like living in a country where they're not going to throw me in with the violent offenders if I scam the IRS.

Probably the laws are that way because the law makers are more likely to scam the IRS than to be murderers.

Re:Federal prison camp? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318383)

Because only the occasional harmless moron "breaks out" of prison camp when they are a white-collar prisoner with a 2-year sentence.

They still spend most of their time at the real prison working.

Silver linings (5, Funny)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317949)

On the upside, I'm pretty sure it's legal to shoot escaped convicts.

21 months? (5, Interesting)

b96miata (620163) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317951)

Who the hell runs from a 2 year bid at a club fed?

Re:21 months? (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318161)

Maybe he's played Fallout 2.

Re:21 months? (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318207)

A moron? I guess we all suspected the kind of people who make their living spamming, but now we have proof.

Re:21 months? (1)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318447)

Who the hell runs from a 2 year bid at a club fed?

People who make a living peddling v146ra to people dumber than they are ?

He escaped because (2, Funny)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317965)

He got tired of Bart Simpson making him write "I will not send out spam email again." on the chalkboard again and again.

Oops (5, Funny)

Jefan (1096649) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317967)

Looks like the police spam blocker wasn't configured properly :(

That Bastard (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317975)

He's going to totally ruin the honor system for everyone else.

Run Eddie run! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24317979)

Run Eddie run!

Oooh I love this episode (1)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317983)

Now he's going to go looking for the one-armed man.

WTF?

Heh (4, Interesting)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317993)

I wonder if they will start taking this more seriously and treating these people like criminals. I mean really...guy steals some property and can get years in a place a little more harsh than this dorm style prison. This guy stole bandwidth, and while it is an intangible thing, ultimately the total cost of his crap cost people FAR more than the value of the crap you could carry out of a pawn shop. I vote send his ass to a real prison.

From the comments from the article (because I know most of you won't read it, and I'm not going to take credit for it). "One can only hope his punishment will be unsolicited male."

Re:Heh (1)

Cheeko (165493) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318167)

Your "vote" aside. Running from a prison sentence, even if its a minimum security country club is taken VERY seriously. This guy could be looking at many many years in pound-me-in-the-ass and don't let me see the sun kinda prison.

Re:Heh (1)

b96miata (620163) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318219)

"Stole" bandwidth? did he? I mean if he was using botnets, maybe. But I checked the article on his sentencing and it doesn't mention that. You're not going to imply sending people email they don't want is somehow theft, are you? That's even more specious than applying that word to copyright infringement.

Theft has a definition. Please look it up.

Re:Heh (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318233)

Prison is for violent people. There are many ways to deal with property crimes. He would be easy to track(provided the authorities actually did their job), and the government could just take 80% of whatever he makes for..like..ever.

Re:Heh (1)

Madball (1319269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318345)

I wonder if they will start taking this more seriously and treating these people like criminals. I mean really...guy steals some property and can get years in a place a little more harsh than this dorm style prison. This guy stole bandwidth, and while it is an intangible thing, ultimately the total cost of his crap cost people FAR more than the value of the crap you could carry out of a pawn shop. I vote send his ass to a real prison.

This sounds well and good, but the reality of the situation is cost. Higher Security = Higher Cost. I'm pissed enough that my tax dollars are going to babysit drug dealers, rapists, and murderers--but at least I'm paying to keep them off the street.

I'm guess I'm OK with paying some amount to put spammers in jail, but I'm not OK with increasing that cost just because spam is annoying.

There is a point at which these costs far exceed the benefit (ie the benefit at laughing at the bastards as the get ***-pounded).

Having said that, he will and should get thrown in a higher-security "camp" when he gets caught.

Re:Heh (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318349)

It's not how much you steal, it's how you steal it. If you pull a gun to steal a twinkie, you get more time and higher security than if you steal millions in some white collar scheme.

In the end, just being caught is often the end of your white collar crime spree, because it's really difficult to get yourself back in that position when you've got a record. But if you're a violent offender, you're equally a danger to society before and after jail.

I can bet... (0)

doit3d (936293) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317995)

...that they will never find him at 192.168.2.1 for sure.

more jail time, higher security (4, Interesting)

saintsfan (1171797) | more than 6 years ago | (#24317997)

he had 21 months for "spam". when they catch him, he'll face new charges for breaking out of prison. in addition, "When they were leaving, he forced her in the car" is that kidnapping? from minimum security "dormitories" to something a little rougher i imagine. bad move

Obligatory... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24317999)

I for one welcome our new king of penis enlargement overlord.

My inbox is full. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318005)

In real jail, your inbox is crammed full of unsolicited male.

Re:My inbox is full. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318105)

Yes!

Re:My inbox is full. (1)

catdevnull (531283) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318255)

Heh--nice pun.

Now we'll all be spammed! (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318007)

Oh, the danger! Criminals at large! I'd better call my wife to warn her of the spam that will soon be in her inbox!

What an idiot (5, Insightful)

w00d (91529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318039)

He had a 21 month sentence in a minimum security work camp a.k.a "Club Fed". Now he gets an automatic 10 years added on for escaping and he'll be doing it in maximum security "Pound me in the ass" prison with the real bad dudes. This guy really isn't very bright.

Re:What an idiot (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318165)

This guy really isn't very bright.

Come on, haven't you read at least one or two spam e-mails before you did a mass delete? We knew this already from the quality of his writing...

Re:What an idiot (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318463)

haven't you read at least one or two spam e-mails before you did a mass delete?

Get a life, stop reading your spams!

When they catch him (1)

BigDaddyOttawa (948206) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318053)

He'll go from being in a federal prison camp to a federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

And he thought the FPC was uncomfortable.

Moving to Nigeria (4, Funny)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318059)

I mean with all that money the Nigerian Prince has, I'm sure he can spare a room for Spam King.

Re:Moving to Nigeria (1)

rugatero (1292060) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318311)

I think the Nigerian Prince is a little hard up these days. It's been three months and I still haven't received my €1,000,000.

no where left to hide (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:no where left to hide (0, Offtopic)

ag3ntugly (636404) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318223)

you = crazy

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318075)

Why would you want to break out of prison during a 21 month sentence? At minimum security? What an idiot.

Wife (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318085)

Maybe it's not a good idea killing your wife before going to prison ...

That's insane... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318131)

3 months into a 21 month sentence in minimum security and he does a runner???

So either rest of his life on the run, or he gets caught and probably gets a longer sentence than his total existing one for escaping and doesn't serve it in minimum security anymore...

Unless he stashed a fortune away offshore and has cancer or something that makes waiting 18 months to enjoy it unacceptable that's truly insane.

Also, from the article:

"21 months (just under 2 years)"

thanks for pointing out that 21 months is just under 2 years... Though I'm pretty sure anyone who can't work that out for themselves doesn't read to the last paragraph.

Re:That's insane... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318243)

This is slashdot, remember... they might end up with 21/.24 = 87.5 years. With that kind of sentence, I might have run too...

Just got an email (1)

cwebb1977 (650175) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318141)

Subject: Has anybody seen this guy?

Hasn't been seen since... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318145)

But they will be hearing from him soon !

Obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318159)

"... changed clothes at home, and hasn't been seen since."

Obviously, an invisibility cloak. Why else would the Feds be looking for him?

As always... (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318171)

Every news story about every spammer refers to the guy as the "Spam King". It doesn't seem like this guy was a particularly notable offender.

Escaping was a bizarrely stupid move, though. Being a fugitive seems like a lower quality of life than what he had in prison, and it's not like he was facing a huge term.

Will they really find him all that easily? (0, Redundant)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318191)

I find it hard to believe that the "spam king" didn't amass a small fortune through all of his illicit dealings, I mean with the sheer amount of spam he created, how can they know how much money he's really made?
What's more, as far as "criminals" go, he's pretty low on the register of importance. Really, all he did was annoy the fuck out of everyone, not like he killed anyone or anything like that.
Hell, identity thieves have done more damage than he has - and for less money.
I guess what I'm trying to say is he's probably got the means to safely disappear under the RADAR and live in a hot country with a big house for the rest of his life.

Re:Will they really find him all that easily? (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318411)

I'm not so sure about that.... I suspect spamming really doesn't generate the amount of money it did at its "peak" of usefulness. (I imagine the income levels it produced over time could be plotted on a typical bell curve. It started out a little-known practice that generated good profits per email spammed out, and quickly grew, with profits rising as well. At some point, it reached its peak "money-making efficiency" and has been on a downward fall ever since. You've got all the public awareness that the stuff is just "junk" that you shouldn't reply to, plus all the commercial anti-spam filters killing off massive amounts of it before it even reaches inboxes, AND legislation starting to outlaw it.)

I'd say there's a really good chance that a "successful" spammer, today, is just somebody able to pay all their bills and live a relatively "middle class" lifestyle off doing it as a full-time job. (I think one of the other notorious spammers they busted a year or so ago was found living in a trailer park ... so not exactly a millionaire.)

Re:Will they really find him all that easily? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318441)

Which he could have done just by waiting 18 months. And not need to be a fugitive and risk gettiung caught and spending years in real prison with the violent offenders.

King of Spam on the Lam (1)

Ron Harwood (136613) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318199)

...would have been a much better title. :D

Re:King of Spam on the Lam (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318373)

Damn spam on the lam, thanks to Pam from Vietnam.

A Letter (4, Funny)

cptnapalm (120276) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318209)

Dear Batman,

You protected Gotham from the personification of fear, the Scarecrow.

You protected Gotham from the personification of chaos, the Joker.

Now a new threat has arisen.

Your people need you now, more than ever for the personification of annoyance, irritation and aggravation has escaped his just imprisonment, the Spam King!

While I know how adverse you are to taking a life even in the most dire circumstances, in this instance I believe I speak for everyone and say that this man is a threat to sanity itself. So, should he threaten innocents with p3n1s en1argm3n7 or heirs to Zimbabwean fortunes, we'll understand if you have no choice but to drop him off of a building or something. Pummeling him to death would be acceptable too.

I know where he's headed! (1)

SerfsUp (839507) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318301)

He's obviously heading to Nigeria. There are plenty of like-minded businessmen there who, I am sure, would be willing to shelter him in exchange for a small fee...all he has to do is send them his bank account information and they will be right over to pick him up. No doubt he has already received several of these offers in his email.

Actually, (1)

Iridium_Hack (931607) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318305)

Escaping from that prison was a lot of fun. And I expect that Rio is a great place for me to move to...

Errrr.... that is, Reading about that escape was interesting and Rio is a beautiful place to live for some people.

Since when? (2)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318323)

Since when did we actually start prosecuting and jailing people for spam? Was he actually caught under the (you)-CAN-SPAM act? Or did he go down like Al Capone, caught for income tax evasion instead?

Next movie... (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318335)

Spam and King escapes from Guantanamo

Maybe he made a fake trail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318381)

full of porn, fake pills, and penny stocks to fool investigators.

Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller? (1)

Evildonald (983517) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318387)

BREAKING NEWS: In the backseat of the escape vehicle was Abe Froman, The Sausage King of Chicago.

Here's how to have a criminal killed legally. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24318455)

1) Arrest them.
2) Give them bail.
3) They jump bail.
4) Turn case over to bounty hunter, with orders to bring in dead or alive.

Here Is His Description (5, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318429)

Be on the lookout for a man with a large penis and breasts, lots of mortgages, sexy naked teens, and a bottle of v1@grA. He was last seen with the ex-Minister of Finance for Nigeria, Dr Mugotumbe.

So. . . (1)

noewun (591275) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318449)

The spam is out of the can?

You gotta hand it to those Federal Corrections off (3, Interesting)

mmell (832646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24318471)

icers . . . (SSLR)

It's not like this guy got together with his fellow inmates and dug three tunnels named "Tom", "Dick" and "Harry", or sewed civilian clothes from blankets dyed in pen ink. This guy didn't even have a stealth chopper land in the prison courtyard to whisk him to freedom, or have a small mercenary force sieze the prison and take him out by force. No - this guy gets in a car with his wife, drives off and changes into a fresh set of civvies. I wonder if the prison officials gave him $20.00 as he left the prison, or considered giving him a suit of clothes themselves?

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