"In The Line Of Duty: Blaze Of Glory" is a true story crime drama based on bank robbers Jill and Jeff Erickson. The movie debuted on NBC as a television movie of the week in 1997. The names remained the same in the movie which now airs on Lifetime occasionally.
"In The Line Of Duty: Blaze Of Glory" follows Jill and Jeff Erickson, a Bonnie and Clyde-like duo, who terrorize their city by robbing several banks in the area. The action-packed movie is equipped with suspenseful police chases, twists and turns, and a tenacious FBI agent who is determined to bring the pair to justice. It stars Lori Laughlin.
The real story made news in 1991 after Hanover residents Jill Erickson and Jeff Erickson were sought by police for robbing eight banks in the Chicago area. The Chicago Sun Times covered the case extensively.
Jeff Erickson was taken into custody by FBI agents, while his wife Jill escaped and died in a fiery crash. Onlookers who witnessed the crash heard a gunshot just before the accident. Jill Erickson was pronounced dead at the scene. Jeff Erickson later died in custody after killing two policeman during an escape, according to a 1992 article in People's Weekly.
Their case also inspired another true story movie, "Normal Life," starring Ashley Judd which debuted in 1996. Jill Erickson's family and the local police were outraged by the making of the film.