Fugitive's Decades of Freedom Comes To End

In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice. The first time, in 1975, the escaped Ohio inmate's good behavior helped him avoid a trip back to prison when West Virginia's governor refused to extradite him, citing Freshwaters' "flawless 16-year residency." Despite multiple aliases and a warrant for his arrest, he had built such a good life with his stolen freedom that the governor concluded Freshwaters had been rehabilitated as a fugitive. It would be almost 40 years before authorities tracked him down again.



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