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January 24, 2013

One of the greatest prison escapes of modern times

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Authorities caught Banks days after the escape, but they couldn't find Conley, and many speculated he had fled the state and possibly even the country. Instead, he was discovered in Palos Hills, a south suburb of Chicago — an anticlimactic end to an engrossing, larger-than-life story. I think we can all agree that, after Newtown and the fiscal cliff and the death of Dave Brubeck, America needed a good jailbreak saga to lift its spirits, and, boy, did this one deliver.

Peters writes Slate's crime blog. @slatecrime.

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