For these perpetrators, their stories may be different, but their motives are always the same: to stay out of prison. The people profiled in this series evaded justice for years, sometimes decades, by using their families, fake identification and even violence to avoid capture. Learn what pushed these individuals to their crimes, how they stayed one step ahead of the police and managed to evade the law -- at least for a while.
Patsy Jones is the leader of a band of thieves, targeting tourists leaving the Miami airport by robbing and carjacking them at gunpoint. One night, a tourist fails to stop and Jones shoots and kills him. She hides in an abandoned apartment until the intense manhunt leads the police right to her doorstep.
John Ditullio is wanted for assault charges and joins the American Nazi Party. In a rage fit he beats a homeless man to death and kills a neighbor who he feels is an enemy of the white race. After a tense fight, he is captured and now serves time in FL.
Michael Hess is a wanted prison escapee on the run with a new identity and has been living in the same town he is wanted in for two decades. Hess learns to beat the system and enjoy his new life of work, weed and women before he's busted.
A con artist, Fred Brito has reinvented himself dozens of times. With no formal training, he's conducted a symphony orchestra, been elected to a public office, and administered mass as a fake catholic priest. Will the real Fred ever be brought to justice?
After Andrew Heim's prison buddy finds a way to tunnel out of the prison, he escapes along with five other inmates, and they are dubbed The Pittsburgh Six.
Larry McClendon, while in prison for murder, escapes with seven others. Larry is forced to be creative in his evasion of the cops. Hiding in abandoned shacks, and muddy pigpens. He even dresses as a woman as a disguise.
Christopher Daniel Gay was a working class guy, who dabbled in petty theft. However, by 1999 these crimes escalated and he was convicted of 12 counts of theft and sent to jail. Gay is known for his endless escapes from prison but more importantly for his unusual choice in escape vehicles--- everything from 18-wheelers, to RVs and most famously singer Crystal Gale's tour bus. But this is hardly a joy ride, as Gay rushes to say good-bye to his dying mother. When Gay is arrested, he escapes during the prison transport and again is cruising the open road.
After killing a man, ex-con Rondell Reed crashes his getaway car and is sent to prison. He and his cellmate escape by squeezing through an air duct. Once free, he steals and carjacks his way north to Ohio where another chase leads to another car crash.
Randall Zandstra hid at his ex-wife's with a gun, waiting for a shot at her new boyfriend. He got one, but he also got 12 years in prison. Due to a technicality, a retrial was called. Zandstra fled. He ran to Vegas, winning big in tournaments. He also ran mail scams, but he got caught. With a stream of fraud trials Zandstra is transferred to multiple states but along the way he escapes. US Marshals tracked Zandstra down, where he makes a last attempt for freedom, crawling from the car-wreck with a broken leg, hand and back. He is now in a New Jersey prison.
David Harden is a clean-cut businessman living a double life as a burglar. His drug habit forces him to commit more daring crimes until he gets caught. He runs to Costa Rica, pulling scams until a friend turns on him. After getting deported, he sneaks out of prison hidden in a trash bin to live as a fugitive.
Two stories of fugitives determined to evade capture. First, serial robber Roy Betts accidentally shoots a man and launches a statewide manhunt to find and arrest him. Next, Donna Schatz goes on the run after carrying out a violent vendetta on her ex.
Lifelong pals and criminals Timothy Fletcher and Doni Brown break out of a Florida prison in 2009. Anxious for freedom, the two need money. A robbery that ends in murder puts them on most wanted lists and leads cops on a manhunt across the Southeast.
After getting arrested for robbery, Robert Askew runs from a work camp and goes back to stealing to make a living. Askew eventually gets caught again, but he escapes from jail during a hurricane and goes on a crime spree, breaking into vacation homes.
David Corbin is a career criminal. After a stint in prison, Corbin launches a crime wave, stealing cars and selling them for a profit. But when a jealous girlfriend rats him out, Corbin is caught and sent to prison where he pulls off a daring escape.
Terry Banks is in prison for life. When he falls for a guard named Lynette, he's determined to break free to start a life with her. She helps him escape and they go on the run. But when the FBI tracks them down, will they commit another desperate act?
When a friend is fired from a restaurant, Konh Chung Bounnam and his friends decide to rob it. The plan goes awry and three people are killed. His friends are caught but Bounnam stays free. He hides until his need for money gets the FBI's attention.
Robert Spencer has just shot his girlfriend. He is a thug and drug dealer, who in a blind panic gets high and goes on the run, living every day as a party. He finds the affection of a friend's mother, which ultimately leads to his arrest.
In 1985 Kaysie Dudley's mother gets fired from her job as a caregiver for an elderly widow and the pair plot to steal her rings as revenge. When the 77-year-old woman unexpectedly puts up a fight, Dudley resorts to the unthinkable -cold blooded murder.
Brian Maurice Fuller charms his way into wealthy people's homes, only to rob them blind. He gets caught, does his time and is released. But Fuller can't resist the lure of robbing the rich. He eludes police until a tip leads them right to his door.
Life as drug dealer's muscle is not going to keep you out of trouble. Lane Slettvet, knew this, but tested fate until one night on a job to retrieve a prostitute from another drug dealer, Slettvet stabs and kills the man. Trying to lay low with his sister, and under the radar of the cops proves hard for Slettvet, constantly drawn to the life of parties, fights and drugs. Then one night, in a drunken stupor, Slettvet breaks a bottle over a taxi driver's head. The incident is reported, and Slettvet's run comes to an end.
Ricky McCurry has been in and out of prison his whole life, escaping by tricking and bribing guards. On the outside, McCurry runs into bad luck with botched robberies and high-speed chases.
Kevin Cross is a bold Oklahoma drug lord. After he is deceived by an associate, he kills the man as revenge. Wanted for kidnapping and murder, he flees to Mexico. When the payback for betrayal is death, how far will Cross go to stay out of prison?
Having been given a long sentence for robbery, Robert Nielsen escapes prison and lives under the radar with his family, but they are unable to hide the young fugitive from the challenges of being on the run.
Dennis Hope works at a store, using his job to study the armored-car guard routine. He decides to mimic a guard and rob stores. Hope is caught and imprisoned. He manages to escape and goes on a crime spree, until his past comes back to haunt him.
Jermaine LeBron and a group of friends murder a man in Florida and steal his expensive truck. LeBron then teams up with Howard Kendall to continue the crime spree. Their plan unravels when the friends confess to the murder and rats LeBron out to police.