That year, the law finally caught up with Freshwaters in Charleston, West Virginia. And when police arrived at his property, they found the escaped prisoner hiding underneath a sink. Unbelievably, though, Freshwaters would avoid justice a second time.
Apparently, Arch Moore Jr., the Republican governor of West Virginia at the time, concluded that Freshwaters had become an upstanding citizen during his time in the state. Citing the convict’s “flawless residency,” Moore believed that Freshwaters had been rehabilitated and consequently refused to extradite him to Ohio.