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Wild! Inmates Escape Chicago Highrise Prison With 15 Story Rope Ladder
Gateway Pundit ^ | December19, 2012 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 12/19/2012 8:31:43 AM PST by Hojczyk

Bank Robbers Joseph Banks, Kenneth Conley use bed sheets to escape Chicago prison.

They rappelled down the building from the 15th floor.

Two convicted bank robbers were on the run after using a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from a federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution.

The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground.

Joseph “Jose” Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, had been wearing prison-issue orange jumpsuits, but now might be wearing white t-shirts, gray sweat pants and white gym shoes, Lazarro said.

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1 posted on 12/19/2012 8:31:49 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Movie rights????


2 posted on 12/19/2012 8:35:09 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Hojczyk

Those are men with a very large set.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 8:35:57 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a masscre at a gun show.)
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To: Hojczyk
At least 17 people were killed when inmates tried to escape from a prison in northern Mexico Tuesday, firing guns at guard towers and running through tunnels below the facility. The dead included 11 inmates and six guards, Durango state public safety officials said in a statement.
4 posted on 12/19/2012 8:37:12 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Hojczyk

Guess they knew not to use granny knots.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 8:39:27 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Hojczyk

Would have loved to fire up that sheet ladder and see how fast they could climb back up.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 8:42:16 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: LibWhacker

Good thing that background checks will keep these two from obtaining any firearms. Especially in chitown. Also, isn’t it against the rules to break out of jail? Man are they in trouble when they get caught.

Share the lead.


7 posted on 12/19/2012 8:43:17 AM PST by rktman
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To: rktman

Unfortunately they no doubt “know people who know people” with guns.


8 posted on 12/19/2012 8:47:08 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Hojczyk

15 stories at, say, 12.5 feet per story, and allowing for the loss of usable length due to the knots at either end of the sheet, would require something on the order of 40 bed sheets to construct a rope of that length.

now, the question; how did the guards (public employee union members, no doubt) manage to NOT notice 40 bedsheets being gathered, collected in one place, and/or missing?

or were they just paid off?


9 posted on 12/19/2012 8:48:05 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: sarasota

Yeah, but that would be against the law. They’re in enough trouble already. Don’t want to add to it now. LOL!


10 posted on 12/19/2012 8:49:56 AM PST by rktman
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To: JohnBrowdie

I was thinking the same thing! Maybe they ripped the sheets down the middle?


11 posted on 12/19/2012 8:51:17 AM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: JohnBrowdie

This is a problem with passive security as well. How do you NOT NOTICE guys rapelling down a wall? Well, if you have no eyes assigned to watch that wall, because you are certain your passive means will work.

It actually ties into the shooting at the school, because the school has passive methods of protection — laws making things illegal, locks on doors, lockdown procedures. No active security measures, like a person who can repel a gunman.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 8:51:38 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Maybe they dropped out the sheets as a ruse and bribed a guard to let them out a door.


13 posted on 12/19/2012 8:53:04 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Hojczyk
But there is no need to fear bringing GITMO prisoners to the US....
14 posted on 12/19/2012 8:53:41 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: JohnBrowdie
how did the guards (public employee union members, no doubt) manage to NOT notice 40 bedsheets being gathered

I've been wondering the same. Plus, once you manage to get them out of the laundry room and cause a miscount in inventory (which is regularly done), how do you hide 40 bedsheets in a tiny little cell? Then, how do you get out the window which should be reinforced? Either there were major failures within the system and the building structure or someone got an early Christmas stocking filled with $$$$.

15 posted on 12/19/2012 8:57:01 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: JohnBrowdie
Now, the question; how did the guards (public employee union members, no doubt) manage to NOT notice 40 bedsheets being gathered, collected in one place, and/or missing?

Hypothesis;
Two men, two sheets per bed. Rip each sheet into 10 strips. Tie together to get the required length. They did this sort of thing on Myth Busters once.
16 posted on 12/19/2012 8:57:50 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Hojczyk

Outlaw sheets it’s the liberal way.


17 posted on 12/19/2012 9:04:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Hojczyk; Travis McGee

this same thing was attempted from unit 7 North at Manhattan MCC...the federal holding joint down near the Brooklyn bridge in 1992

3 Chinese Tongs cut through the brick wall and steel to the outside with dental floss and comet powder

they tied sheets together too

each floor at MCC is around 4 floors so it was around 28-30 floors up

they were spotted by a taxi driver and apprehended after they hit the street on Park Row


18 posted on 12/19/2012 9:17:18 AM PST by wardaddy (fwanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Hojczyk

Were they employees of Barclays or Goldman Sachs?


19 posted on 12/19/2012 9:30:14 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: Hojczyk

Rappelling doesn’t seem to be the best choice of words for reporting accuracy, I doubt that they were doing what most of us think of when we use the word “rappelling”.


20 posted on 12/19/2012 9:30:14 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney--guns not for recreation or self-defense"sole purpose of hunting down and killing people".)
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To: Hojczyk

One of the bank robbers had gotten away with some 560K and of that, only 60K has been recovered.


21 posted on 12/19/2012 9:43:11 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Hojczyk

They rappelled down the building from the 15th floor.

could be seen dangling from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground.

Which is it? 15 or 20 Stories?


22 posted on 12/19/2012 9:50:36 AM PST by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Two men, two sheets per bed. Rip each sheet into 10 strips. Tie together to get the required length. They did this sort of thing on Myth Busters once.

I would never trust a rope made out of strips of bedsheets. ever. but then again, I wouldn't trust a rope made out of unshredded sheets, either, so I guess my personal preference is irrelevant.

. . . and I never watch mythbusters. the vaguely ghey one with hair strikes me as a liberal.

23 posted on 12/19/2012 9:51:14 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Hojczyk

I doubt they ‘rappelled’ on the knotted sheets.

I have used carabineer brakes, figure ‘8’s, hot seats and more but never on a knotted rope!
A hot seat rap with knots on vertical would very time consuming.

Most likely they climbed knot to knot.

Never having used bead sheets , I wonder how much stretch? Like an old length of Goldline.


24 posted on 12/19/2012 10:12:08 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

carabineer/carabiner

Just call them biner’s or crabs.


25 posted on 12/19/2012 10:19:18 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: All

You’ve gotta know that these guys are likely to head someplace warm since it’s winter, and that they will do whatever it takes to survive. They’ve already robbed banks, and made a dramatic escape from that prison. That means that nobody is safe until they are caught.

I’ve already lost a relative due to this type of situation and just because you might live a thousand or two miles away, does NOT mean you are safe.

So, pay attention to your surroundings, don’t travel alone in your car if you can help it and if you do, make sure your doors are locked so someone can’t just jump in and hold you at gun point.

Plan as best you can in advance so that if you are car jacked, to smash into something HARD, fast and furious. You could get hurt doing so, you might even die, but chances are if you don’t do it, you will be killed anyway later when you aren’t needed any more.

They will be desperate for transportation, cash/credit cards, food, guns, places to sleep. Anybody in their path is a likely victim.

Get a good look at their pix, memorize them, and pay attention, be safe.

Don’t leave valuables inside your car.


26 posted on 12/19/2012 10:25:01 AM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: bgill; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
how do you hide 40 bedsheets in a tiny little cell? Then, how do you get out the window which should be reinforced?

Easy. Been there, done that!

27 posted on 12/19/2012 10:31:35 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: PrairieLady2

Thanks for the good tips.

You write like someone with an unfortunate experience or someone with good training.


28 posted on 12/19/2012 10:34:25 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: JohnBrowdie
now, the question; how did the guards (public employee union members, no doubt) manage to NOT notice 40 bedsheets being gathered, collected in one place, and/or missing?

or were they just paid off?

Close. The bedsheet ladder was just a diversion. The paid off a guard who snuck them out in a laundry hamper.

29 posted on 12/19/2012 10:35:35 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Hojczyk

Ban bed sheets. Bed sheet control now.

Oh, yeah, and raise taxes.


30 posted on 12/19/2012 10:38:27 AM PST by DPMD
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To: JohnBrowdie
40 bedsheets being gathered, collected in one place

"Oh, this? This is just my turban. Yes, I have a rather large head. You got a problem with that, pal?"

31 posted on 12/19/2012 11:15:31 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: LibWhacker

Which is why I would be dead by the second sheet. I can’t tie a knot to save my life. Except for shoelaces, those are unbreakable once they knot up.


32 posted on 12/19/2012 11:43:47 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
how do you hide 40 bedsheets in a tiny little cell?

They need to do more thorough body cavity searches.

33 posted on 12/19/2012 1:03:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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