‘Serial Stowaway’ Deemed Mentally Unfit for Trial
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
A woman who has snuck past security in airports numerous times has been deemed unfit for trial by an Illinois judge.
Marilyn Hartman, also known as the “Serial Stowaway” was ordered to a mental health facility by a Cook County judge on Thursday.
Hartman gained notoriety after sneaking past airport security and airline staff to get on planes as an unticketed passenger. She was most recently arrested in Chicago (ORD) after secretly flying on a British Airways flight to London Heathrow (LHR).
Court-ordered reports from a psychologist and a psychiatrist were given to Judge Maura Slattery Boyle who decided that Hartman’s mental health disqualified her from a normal trial. Both healthcare professionals recommended she be required to undergo mental health treatment.
This isn’t the only time Hartman, 66, has been in court, but it is the first time she’s been deemed unfit for trial. She’s been to jail multiple times after trying to sneak onto flights in California, Chicago, Florida and Hawaii. In her January court appearance, a judge told Hartman to stay away from O’Hare and Chicago Midway (MDW) airports.
“This defendant needs to be in a secure, locked facility,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kimellen Chamberlain said. Chamberlain added that Hartman has tried to leave court interviews and the Cook County Jail Hospital.
Hartman suffers from “major depression” according to psychologist Christopher Cooper and that her mental stability “appears to fluctuate day to day.” He added that she has a “preoccupation with media attention.”
The defendant, a Chicago native who has battled homelessness, will be evaluated every 30 days, and if her mental health stabilizes, her trial will resume. If it doesn’t after one year, she will be found not guilty by reason of insanity and will be placed in state custody.
Featured image by Scott Olson / Getty Images.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.