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The real reason this 73 year old robbed a bank may surprise you
The Blaze ^ | 2,14,13 on Lover's Lane Blvd | Jonathan Seidl/ the Blaze

Posted on 02/14/2013 12:37:36 PM PST by San Rafael Blue

A 71 year old man with a headful of uncombed steel grey hair entered the Chicago Bank of the Commenwealth. The elderly man sported a weathered tan tweed wool jacket, with no buttons or elbow pads, and gripped a scuffed -up heavily varnished cheerywood cane as he walked slowly toward the teller. The man raised his head up to directly face her. She could see her inverted reflections in his brown bloodshot eyes, eyes that appeared flat, glazed and methodical. She has yet to forget those eyes, set just below a bushy nest of eyebrows, also untrimmed, unfettered. His name is Walter Unbehaun, who was released from prison for bank robbery two weeks prior to this incident.

Mr. Unbehaun had a written note in his left hand and pistol tucked down into his braided belt. he wanted the teller to look at them both. Mr. Unbehaun's Barreta was loaded and ready for quick use if need be, said the note. The banks' camera system shows him staring mutely at the teller, moments after displaying his loaded gun and making clear his intent. Mr. Unbehaun was so very smooth and subtle in his theft, that he was able to hobble away with over 4000. without anyone giving immediate chase. Over $4000. in crisp green american bills. The dollars had probably been marked by the bank for easier identification.

Walter Unbehaun quickly surrendered to the police when they located him the next day. He had been patiently, perhaps impatiently waiting for their arrival, not to ambush or threaten the cops, but to throw the responsibility for himself, the expenses and worry of trying to stay alive, the lack of pals and peeps and long dead gun molls who understood or at least condoned, rationalized and personally benefited from his lifestyle. Mr. Unbehaun has lived a relatively long life, albeit mostly behind bars as an adult, and he has 'Had Enough' of the worry. It was time to 'leave it in the Lap of the Gods', to quote Freddie Mercury or the legal powers that presently pretend to be of influence.

Do we need to change the ease with which someone can return to the jail system in the country? I personally know of a nephew of mine who has kind of given up on trying to carve out a life for himself. He too would much prefer just living off the state, being kept like a fat rabbit in a locked cage.

We, the family try to encourage him without getting sucked down into that whirlpool or black vortex of his own making. What's that word? Recitivism. The returning crooks perpetually add layers of new expenses on top of old ones. Maybe we need a new set of rules, run state to state. Three strikes, or three episodes where it can be proven that a criminal has purposely SABOTAGED their release from incarceration, after the third occurance, they are barred from that particular prision and sent some place far less desirable. No, I don't mean we need some new Gulags, just a few less jails that resemble Frat Houses for retired golfers. No easy answers, but we could use some of that money for Charter Schools or Schoolarships, to give hope to either children OR adults.

I think there should be more opportunity for adults to be considered for schoolarships and grants. Many adults need it more than kids, because they want to expand or refine there skill set. Many adults (like me) are still paying off ancient school loans or interest on other loans.


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1 posted on 02/14/2013 12:37:43 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue

Jail is already hellish. Prison is where the vacations are taken.


2 posted on 02/14/2013 12:40:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: San Rafael Blue
Three strikes, or three episodes where it can be proven that a criminal has purposely SABOTAGED their release from incarceration, after the third occurance, they are barred from that particular prision and sent some place far less desirable.

How about Hell?

3 posted on 02/14/2013 12:41:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: San Rafael Blue

Let him stay there forever. Staff the prison with women who write those love letters to them(it’s feb14). That way the taxpayers don’t have to pay them.They’ll do it for free.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 12:44:00 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: San Rafael Blue

OOPs sorry about mis-spelling scholarships/ I don’t need two ‘o’s, now do I?


5 posted on 02/14/2013 12:44:03 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue

No, but you do need a link.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 12:45:23 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Let him stay there forever. Staff the prison with women who write those love letters to them(it’s feb14). That way the taxpayers don’t have to pay them.They’ll do it for free.


7 posted on 02/14/2013 12:46:10 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: San Rafael Blue

Let him stay there forever. Staff the prison with women who write those love letters to them(it’s feb14). That way the taxpayers don’t have to pay them.They’ll do it for free.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 12:47:14 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: cripplecreek

The prisons in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are hellish. Part of the problem is that there is no interest by the state in rehabilitation of offenders. It is a complicated problem with no easy answers.


9 posted on 02/14/2013 12:50:30 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m new to posting and just barely weaned from WEBTV. I resisted the dreaded computer a long, long time. In other words, I don’t know how to link other articles with my entries.

I’ve been meaning to ask somebody’s kid under 30 for help. I see the photos and GIFs you guys post up, looks like fun, as I peer through the window of the candy shoppe.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 12:51:16 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: NEMDF
The prisons in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are hellish. Part of the problem is that there is no interest by the state in rehabilitation of offenders.

How do you rehabilitate ex-Governors?

11 posted on 02/14/2013 12:51:38 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: San Rafael Blue

It’s kinda simple. When you are posting a thread - there is a field asking for the url (the link).

Copy and paste it. Its that simple.

I went to The Blaze looking for this article. Didn’t find it. I know better to assume anything, but you did indicate The Blaze was the source. Right?

Anyway - if you want to keep this thread from being pulled - please go find the link and ask the admin moderator to add it right away.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 12:57:34 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: NEMDF

About 15 years ago I did 6 months for drunk driving and the jail was hell. I jumped at a chance to be a trustee and worked at a community center away from the jail for 12 hours a day.

Guys that were in the jail on a parole hold pretty much all wanted to go back to prison because the jail was so much worse. They said that the county jail was hard time compared to being in prison.


13 posted on 02/14/2013 12:58:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: San Rafael Blue

I’ve been a prosecutor and defense counsel. There are always more than one reason why someone would actually prefer jail.

When I was a prosecutor, we had an “Otis Campbell” type of town drunk. He basically lived in a shack with very little in the way of modern amenities. In November, he would contrive a reason to get arrested. In March, he would be ready to come to Court, and take a plea to time served. The third November he tried this, I just left his paperwork in my desk drawer and told the Judge to release him. He was shocked that the taxpayers wouldn’t provide him with “winter quarters.” He had to wander one county over to get his vacation.

On the other hand, some of the requirements that local governments put on “probation” are so extreme (and really just a way to squeeze money out of the minor offender), that a lot of my clients are more than happy to take 15-30 days out of their lives and just be done with it.


14 posted on 02/14/2013 1:00:33 PM PST by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: henkster

“Three hots and a cot.”


15 posted on 02/14/2013 1:01:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: San Rafael Blue

I am reminded of the O’Henry story in which a vagrant tries to get arrested in order to spend the winter in jail with “3 hots and a cot”. Christmas is fast approaching and no matter what he does, he cannot get arrested; everyone is too full of the holiday spirit to press charges.

As he stands outside a church to consider his next move, he hears the sweet voices of the choir inside and undergoes a complete change of heart. Standing there listening, he realizes that he has wasted his entire life and resolves to clean up and get a job.

Suddenly, he feels a hand on his shoulder. It’s the cops, who promptly arrest him for loitering.


16 posted on 02/14/2013 1:05:44 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: San Rafael Blue
OOPs sorry about mis-spelling scholarships/ I don’t need two ‘o’s, now do I?

You misspelled "recidivism" too.

... just trying to help ...

17 posted on 02/14/2013 1:12:52 PM PST by Bryan
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To: cripplecreek

I have a brother who has been in IL prison since 1988. I am not arguing as to your jail experience, but I can testify to the fact that IL prison is no cake walk.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 1:16:28 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: San Rafael Blue

I was thinking about poor houses and found this in a search. It is interesting if you scroll down and read how the County started the poorhouse, what they got paid and what they ate and other stuff. very interesting

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyallega/poorhouse.html


19 posted on 02/14/2013 1:17:24 PM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: NEMDF

Just being locked in somewhere is more than I can bear.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 1:19:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: henkster

Ha! “Winter Quarters” indeed. Some people simply cannot be made to feel shame. A new high in lows. I have much respect for you who can pass The Bar Exam.

I have always heard that it’s very difficult for the average graduate student to pass The Bar Exam. I recall that JFK JR. (rip) had to take it four or five times before either passing it or writing a check big enough to ‘insure his success’.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 1:20:48 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: winodog

I don’t mean to hijack the thread. I was thinking America might have to bring back orphanages and poorhouses if things keep going the way they are.
Especially if people become so miserable they would rather go to jail then live free


22 posted on 02/14/2013 1:21:20 PM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Ted Kennedy never passed a bar his entire life.


23 posted on 02/14/2013 1:22:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: NEMDF

What ever you do, don’t break the law in Georgia. I toured one of their prisons as an out of state official on a fact finding trip. Just wow. The way that place was operated would scare the sh@t out of any rational person. The prisoners there were afraid. Not that they were abused or the place was dirty, it was very clean and modern. But they were treated like lawbreakers. That was serious time.


24 posted on 02/14/2013 1:23:03 PM PST by lafroste
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To: San Rafael Blue

Should jails slash budget,& purposely become more Hellish?


Does the Pope wear a funny hat?

I’ve actually discussed this with people. Take away the risks associated with dropping a bar of soap in the shower or other prisoners, time in an American prison could almost be like a sabatical. TV, library, workout room. free food and medical.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 1:24:04 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

The Indiana bar was two days of nothing but essay questions. The two most intense days of spewing BS in my life. I figured it was a good way to determine who would be a good trial lawyer.

Seriously, there were several “smart” people who couldn’t take the stress and choked on the test. It is designed to be grueling.


26 posted on 02/14/2013 1:36:04 PM PST by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: cripplecreek
Every prison is a mini society. Separately funded by the states or federal government to provide a humane environment as punishment and remove offenders from normal society. Having an emporer or king or fuhrer might satisfy your anger at abusers but you really dont want to live in a society that could do that to YOU. It may be a waste of good money but would you give it(society) all away for revenge.
27 posted on 02/14/2013 1:38:00 PM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: San Rafael Blue

The “Smartest Woman in the World!,” Hillary Clinton, failed the Washington, DC, bar exam.

I believe that’s when she and Bill decided to go back to Arkansas.

California has a fairly difficult bar exam also. My two nephews sweated bullets until they got their results. It’s very embarrassing to be clerking in a law firm and then told you have to leave because you couldn’t pass the bar first time around.


28 posted on 02/14/2013 1:52:08 PM PST by goldi
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To: bdfromlv

I’m not sure I gave any indication that I seek revenge. All I did was point out that jail is generally tougher than prison.


29 posted on 02/14/2013 1:52:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cuban leaf

A couple of weeks ago, there was a story on Bernie Madoff on TV who is in Butner prison somewhere down South. Apparently, it’s a very easy federal prison. One of the imates actually said it was pleasant.


30 posted on 02/14/2013 1:56:08 PM PST by goldi
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To: lafroste
The way that place was operated would scare the sh@t out of any rational person.

My brother was an auto insurance adjuster and had to go to a SC Sheriff's office. They had a bunch of arrestees there, all looking mean. They gave him hard looks while he was waiting to see the Sheriff. He became intensely interested in his laptop screen.

As the hard-cases were led out, the Sheriff came over and talked to my brother. My bother mentioned how tough they looked and the Sheriff laughed. He said they were going to the state penitentiary and didn't know what they were facing. He said that by nightfall, all the "hard-cases" would be traded around for a pack of cigarettes and would end up being someone's "wife".

31 posted on 02/14/2013 2:04:10 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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“Mr. Unbehaun’s Barreta was loaded and ready for quick use if need be, said the note.”

He brought Robert Blake with him to rob the bank?


32 posted on 02/14/2013 2:14:13 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("Lean Forward" = "Bend Over")
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To: cripplecreek

No convict that I know has anything good to say about jails. County, city underfunded by community, homeless shelters.


33 posted on 02/14/2013 2:15:08 PM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: winodog

Where I grew up a surprising number of the old timers had come to town on the orphan trains during the depression. Much of the rural midwest did fairly well during the depression and farmers needed cheap help.

It sounds a bit like slavery but those kids got the same treatment as the farmer’s sons and daughters. Most of them stayed in the area as adults.


34 posted on 02/14/2013 2:17:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Jails are just bus stations for convicts and inmates.


35 posted on 02/14/2013 2:17:48 PM PST by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: winodog
That is MUCH better than how my late father's family lived on their own farm in Missouri during the same period. When we'd watch The Waltons in the 1970's, my dad would tell us that that was how a "rich" family lived during the Depression. When he was able to attend school, his lunch would be a piece of cornbread with some lard on it.
36 posted on 02/14/2013 2:23:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: cripplecreek

You are the second one here to suggest another look at orphanages. I think the idea has merit. If properly monitored, to protect against child abuse or extreme croyism protecting stupid teachers, it could work. Any politician who dares to seriously make this happen better be ready to be demonized and villified to the max.

Remember about three years ago, when a young father of about 6 children drove across state lines to ‘bestow’ his children onto state responsibility. I know that must’ve hurt, and some of the kids will probably never, ever forgive their Dad for ‘abandoning them’. But he did put them in safe hands, he did not beat them and say ‘stop yer cryin and caterwaulin’ now did he? I don’t recall the Mom’s role in this, but he was already jobless, and could do nothing material for them at that time. That, my friends is pressure, and sad for all concerned.

Many poor people today living in Hong Kong have begun RENTING PERSONAL CAGES to live in!!! You heard me! I visited Hong Kong in 1980, while in the Navy, shortly before the British let go of it. I was so impressed that everyone was working everywhere, youn and old throughout the day. Perth, Australia was the same way back then. I know nothing about either nowadays.
, damned if you do, damned if you don’t do something. One of those people who ‘does not believe in’ birth control of any kind.


37 posted on 02/14/2013 2:36:20 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue
If properly monitored, to protect against child abuse or extreme croyism protecting stupid teachers, it could work.

That's an awful big "If".

38 posted on 02/14/2013 2:38:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

At this point its who would do the monitoring that worries me the most.


39 posted on 02/14/2013 2:46:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: San Rafael Blue
Scholarships & grants! The solution to every problem we face, according to the Left.

End recidivism by not allowing criminals to return to jail, the author says?

Somebody has been smoking the koolaid, again!

Here is a novel idea: Execute violent criminals & make nonviolent prison inmates pay for their upkeep via work. Those that wont work, don't eat. Violent inmates are executed.

40 posted on 02/14/2013 2:58:51 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: cripplecreek; 2ndDivisionVet

I like those stories. I recall my dad and mom answering, where are you going? With to the poor house or to the dogs.
This was back in early 60’s. I never knew there were really poor houses where old people went to die until not so long ago.

I never did figure out why polocks became the butt of jokes but nobody cracks polock jokes anymore


41 posted on 02/14/2013 3:26:44 PM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: San Rafael Blue
Here's some info on HTML (the "language" FR uses to do cool stuff), also do not change titles it makes the search function unreliable. If a title doesn't fit, use as much as possible that is pertinent.

HTML Sandbox 2013

As mentioned, the link is the URL field on the posting page.

42 posted on 02/14/2013 3:54:04 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: San Rafael Blue

They need to put work back on the plate, no tv and no sports, and none of the goodies.


43 posted on 02/14/2013 3:56:16 PM PST by ravenwolf
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks, ill review the protocol.


44 posted on 02/14/2013 7:42:00 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue

A little stay at ‘Camp Joe Stalin’ might do the trick.


45 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:00 AM PST by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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