Notable Deaths

NOTABLE DEATHS

December 05, 2008

NICHOLAS MONTOS, 92

First to make FBI's most-wanted list twice

Nicholas Montos, the oldest prison inmate in Massachusetts and a career criminal who was the first person to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list twice, died Sunday, Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin said. Montos was serving 33 years to 40 years for robbery in state prison in Norfolk.

He made the FBI's most-wanted list in 1952 after he and two other men pistol-whipped a 74-year-old man during a robbery in Georgia.

He was caught in 1954 but made the list again two years later when he used a hacksaw to escape from a Mississippi prison. Montos was captured 26 days later.

Montos was the only Massachusetts inmate in his 90s. The state Parole Board had turned down a request for parole this year.

Even before his two stints on the wanted list, Montos was a veteran escape artist. He was 18 when he made his first escape from a Miami jail in the 1930s. He ran from a chain gang in Alabama in 1942 and escaped again in 1944.

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