The background was a fight between rival criminal gangs.
On March 11, 1997, he managed to escape from prison in Hagen. He sawed through a lattice and towered with a self-made ladder. That year he is said to have shot three money messengers during robberies in Weimar and Halle.
The n he went to Portugal. On October 24, 1998, Franz was caught in Albufeira, where he had lived with his wife and child. But even before the planned extradition to the German authorities, he managed to escape again in 1999 – this time from the prison in Lisbon. Again he could saw through the window bars of his cell, this time abseil himself with a bed sheet and then climb four walls.
Three years ago, after the last major search call, more than 50 references to the now 51-year-old Franz were received. He was not caught.
The authorities have promised a reward of 25,000 euros for clues leading to his arrest.
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