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How Long The Shortest Manhunts In History Actually Were

June 21, 2021 590 votes 66 voters 4.9k views13 items

List RulesVote up the least-elusive offenders.

Some culprits evade the law for years before being apprehended; others are never caught. But for every runaway who makes it, there are hundreds who don't. This collection features crooks who couldn't stay a step ahead of the law for very long. Some were just too high-profile to stay hidden; others were unlucky; and some just didn't really have a plan at all. 

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    Adam Christopher Mayes - One Day

    Mayes was tracked down after a single day on the FBI's most-wanted list in 2012. He took his own life in the apprehension attempt. 

    Easily apprehended?
  • Photo: Federal Bureau of Prisons / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    The man convicted of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination escaped from prison along with six others on June 10, 1977. He was recaptured in less than three days. 

    Easily apprehended?
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    Lum You - Three Days

    You was a Chinese immigrant laborer sentenced to death over the shooting of a man who'd robbed him in 1901. You was a popular figure and many locals sympathized with his plight, including his jailors.

    Allegedly, on the night of January 15, 1902, You found his cell door unlocked and simply walked free. He was recaptured three days later and the sentence was carried out on the final day of the month.

    Easily apprehended?
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    Leslie Dale Martin - Never Made It Out Of The Prison Grounds 

    Photo: kccornell / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.0

    Martin and three other inmates on death row attempt to break out of Louisiana State Penitentiary in 1999. Although they got free of their cells, they were unable to make it out of the prison grounds and were recaptured after a few hours by prison staff. Martin was executed by lethal injection in 2002

    Easily apprehended?