This Man Escaped Prison And Evaded Capture For 56 Years – But Now The Truth Has Finally Emerged

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Yet despite this initial good fortune, Freshwaters didn’t stay out of trouble for long. Although it was prohibited by his probation terms, he somehow managed to acquire a license and again got behind the wheel of a car. As a result, Freshwaters soon found himself at the mercy of the law once again.

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Consequently, in February 1959 Freshwaters was imprisoned at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. Months later, he managed to get himself transferred to a nearby prison camp, where inmates worked without supervision as part of an honor system. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Freshwaters soon formulated a plan to escape.

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On September 30, 1959, he subsequently disappeared from the camp near Sandusky, a city on the shores of Lake Erie. And for the next 16 years, authorities searched fruitlessly for the missing man. Then, however, in 1975 they eventually had a break in the case.

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