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The Hunt for Roger ‘The Terrible’ Touhy and His Gang

Seventy years ago, on December 29, 1942, the FBI caught up with Roger Touhy and his band of escaped inmates.

Dec 24, 2012 07:00 AM
 

The Hunt for Roger ‘The Terrible’ Touhy and His Gang

The careful plans were laid. In the early morning hours of December 29, 1942—70 years ago this month—FBI agents surrounded an apartment building on Kenmore Avenue in Chicago filled with a dangerous band of escaped convicts.

The prison break had taken place nearly three months earlier, on October 9. A group that included Roger “The Terrible” Touhy, Basil “The Owl” Banghart, Edward Darlak, and several other violent criminals escaped from the Stateville Penitentiary at Joliet, Illinois.

The FBI had numerous leads to begin its search for Touhy and his gang.

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