May 8, 2015

"He said he hadn’t seen that guy in a long time. Then he admitted it and basically said, 'You got me.'"

"Frank Freshwaters... on the lam for 56 years."
Back in the summer of 1957, he was a 20-year-old kid with a full head of dark hair and a lead foot. One night in July, he was speeding through Ohio when he hit and killed a pedestrian. Freshwaters was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison only to have the sentence suspended.... But Freshwaters squandered his good fortune. He violated probation by climbing back into the driver’s seat and was locked up in February 1959 in the Ohio State Reformatory.

It would prove to be a fitting setting for Freshwaters. After its closing in 1990, the reformatory would be used as a set for “The Shawshank Redemption,” a 1994 movie about a wrongfully convicted man who escapes from prison. Freshwaters never escaped from the reformatory, however. Instead, he secured a transfer to a nearby “honor camp,” according to the AP. It was from there that Freshwaters disappeared on Sept. 30, 1959....

5 comments:

paminwi said...

Let's get those guys working on finding Leo Burt.

EDH said...

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Coupe said...

Left unsaid, was that he was, and is, retarded.

The man was obviously missing a chromosome.

I think its the retarded that don't do so well in prisons. If I was a lawyer, I'd prepare a case that told of his being raped repeatedly, and the state wouldn't help him, so he ran.

Clyde said...

If the Governor of Ohio is smart, he'll offer some sort of clemency and not put the taxpayers of his state on the hook for the care and feeding of an elderly man who probably is no longer a danger to society. Yes, people must be punished for crimes they have committed, but having to spend more than half a century looking over his shoulder seems to be punishment enough.

Clyde said...

Oh, and "Nice work, Inspector Javert."