Convicted murderer who escaped and fled to Chicago for 20 years denied parole in Massachusetts

A man convicted of murder in Massachusetts, who escaped from prison and spent 20 years as an activist and poet in Chicago, has been denied parole.

The Boston Globe ( ) reports that the Massachusetts Parole Board on Wednesday ordered 75-year-old Norman Porter Jr. to spend four more years in prison, saying he was not suitable for parole because he has "chosen to remain in a state of denial" and "has not had any rehabilitative programming that addresses his criminal behavior."

Porter was convicted of killing a 22-year-old store clerk during a robbery in Saugus in 1960.

He escaped in 1985, and evaded capture until March 2005 when he was found living in Chicago under the alias of Jacob "J.J." Jameson. He was a well-known poet, community activist and anti-war protester.


Information from: The Boston Globe,