Norma Mae Baker - Michigan - 1981 Aug 3, 2014 10:48:41 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Aug 3, 2014 10:48:41 GMT -5
Norma Mae Baker has been at large for over 30 years after escaping from a Detroit prison. She was first aired on AMW in 1990, however I don't know when her last profile was.
In 1977, Baker hired Norman Richardson to kill her husband Jim in order to collect on two life insurance policies and to gain full ownership of a bar they both owned. In May 1977, Norman murdered Jim and his brother. Eventually, Norman was arrested and ratted Baker out and she went to prison as well. For whatever reason, Baker was given trustee status, which allowed her to do work outside of her cell, which was normally used for low-risk prisoners that were close to being released. One day in 1981, Baker was working on outside garbage detail when she ran off down the street and fled in an awaiting car. She has been on the run ever since.
Thoughts? Baker would be 86-years old by now (according to the AMW Playing Cards site) so there's a good chance that she's now dead. If that's the case then it would be interesting to learn whatever happened to her. The site mentioned she may have fled to Chicago or Canada, and a 1991 magazine article on female fugitives wanted by the FBI mentioned she was loaded with cash. Regarding the trustee status, five officials at the prison were facing disciplinary action, but were any of them paid off by Baker or someone close to her?
UPDATE from site admin: As of July 26th, 2018, Baker still has a W (Warrant Flag) in Detroit's online criminal court case records search: cmspublic.3rdcc.org/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=202707
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