The nice grandmother who deceived the authorities and traveled by plane for free for 20 years

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The nice grandmother who deceived the authorities and traveled by plane for free for 20 years

A kind and lovable older woman walks through an airport in the United States. She knows all the tricks to air travel without spending a dime, and if they don’t work for him, he simply smiles, apologizes and leaves hoping for a new opportunity. She is known to authorities as a “serial stowaway” who has managed to travel the worldwithout even having a boarding pass, or identification for almost two decades.

the american marilyn hartman He is 70 years old, and has an incredible and inexhaustible talent for deceiving airport authorities. To the point that she managed to access 30 flights for free appealing to your sympathy. Here the whole story of the woman who embarrassed the security forces Most important in the world.

Her glory days in heaven ended on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, when she was arrested minutes before taking a flight in O’Hare International Airport of Chicago, in what was a new violation of probation, in this case for a previous arrest in 2018. Since then, the justice system assured that it would give him a strict sentence so that it can no longer slip away between planes.


He managed to access 30 flights. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

the slippery granny

Despite his long history, Hartman claimed that he is not a “criminal mastermind”. In dialogue with CBS2, the woman reported that his adventures began in 2002. Yes, when the controls for passengers increased their demands after the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001she started her airport feints.

“The first time I was able to pass, I flew from Chicago to Copenhagen”said the woman. “The second time I flew to Paris“. In her country she made several internal trips, with visits to cities such as Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Atlanta or Jacksonville. A prosecutor defined her as “persistent, if not relentless”.

According to the Daily Mail, the woman confessed to Justice in the United States that I just walked among the other passengers, passing from one control to another until reaching the waiting room. Then she entered the plane and looked for a seat where she could sit without being discovered.

In August 2014, at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities detained her for the first time after she had flown from San Jose without a ticket.  Photo: Capture TV.

In August 2014, at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities detained her for the first time after she had flown from San Jose without a ticket. Photo: Capture TV.

“What I have to say is that I have never been able to get on a plane alone. They always let me through. I mean, I was able to get through security lines without a boarding pass,” he said with some pride about his recurring cheating.

Twelve years after boarding a flight without paying a single dollar, he had his first run-in with the law. In August 2014, at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities detained her after she had traveled from San José without a ticket.

A judge released her on parole but the next day I was back at the Los Angeles airport. The police caught her again, and this time the Justice sentenced her to six months in prison.

"These are the types of unsophisticated plans that tend to be the most successful"said aviation security expert Jeff Price. Photo: Capture TV.

“It’s the unsophisticated types of plans that tend to be the most successful,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price. Photo: Capture TV.

After that time, was arrested again. In this case, her trip had been from Minnesota to Florida and, according to reports, the officers did not stop her at the airport but surprised her checking into a luxury hotel, under someone else’s name. She was charged with identity theft fraud and other crimes.

Apologizing, pretending to be oblivious and appealing to the tenderness that she managed to generate in the authorities, the woman returned to her adventures. Four years later, when she arrived at the heathrow Airport, in London, coming from Chicago and without a ticket. She was arrested and sent back home.

She was sentenced to 18 months probation and mental health counseling.. In addition, he was prohibited from being on any airport property without having an existing airline ticket. In this way, the officers were already prepared when they saw her return to Chicago’s O’Hare airport in October 2019.

"That she can repeat that over and over again is just amazing."said aviation security expert Jeff Price.  AP Photo

“For her to be able to repeat that over and over again, it’s just mind-boggling,” said aviation safety expert Jeff Price. AP Photo

He had no boarding pass, no identification and, as she had violated probation, she was ordered to remain confined behind bars without bail. But with the coronavirus pandemic changing everything in 2020, the woman was released from the Cook County Jail in an official initiative of release low-risk detainees during the days of higher cases of Covid 19.

The last try

On March 16, 2021, GPS signals from the electronic monitor he wore during his house arrest guided officers to Terminal 1 at the Chicago airport. This would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tired of their recurrences the authorities decided to give the sweet granny a sentence with effective prison, that since that day he remained behind bars awaiting his sentence.

“That she can repeat that over and over again, it’s just amazing”said aviation security expert Jeff Price. The genius of its mode of operation is in its simplicity,” he added, warning: “These are the types of low-end plans that tend to be the most successful.”

From jail, she defended herself in the interview with CBS. “I am bipolar. And this is something I have rejected for years. When I got on the plane, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t ‘Oh, I’m going here or there,’ I was actually in a depressed state of mind.” And she closed: “I want the opportunity to apologize to the people I’ve hurt”.

Sentence

Finally, on Thursday, March 3, 2022, Marilyn Hartman returned to court to meet Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, in charge of defining the future of the “serial stowaway”. Hartman pleaded guilty to felony criminal trespassing and electronic monitoring escape.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Marilyn Hartman returned to court to come face to face with Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas.  Photo: Capture TV.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Marilyn Hartman returned to court to come face to face with Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas. Photo: Capture TV.

However, this time there was no smile that let her escape. Chiampas sentenced her to 18 months in prison for the trespassing charge and two years for the escape charge, which Hartman must serve consecutively, according to the judge. she in turn ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to continue providing mental health treatment the woman while in custody.

The judge trusted that the woman can leave this story behind with psychological treatment. “I hope, and please don’t take this the wrong way, that I will not see you again in this court“, Told him.

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