‘Shawshank Redemption’ Fugitive Caught 56 Years After Prison Escape

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

He managed to stay under the radar for nearly 60 years, but Frank Freshwaters is now back behind bars.

The fugitive served some time at the Ohio State Reformatory featured in The Shawshank Redemption, according to Time. He lived under several aliases, but stayed out of trouble while he was on the run. The 79-year-old also had a driver’s license and has been collecting Social Security.

U.S. Marshals notified police with a tip yesterday (May 5) that Freshwaters was living in Melbourne, Florida.

Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was one of the officials who went to the mobile home where Freshwaters has been living.

“[We] approached him, showed him the 1959 picture, asked if he’d seen that person. He said he hadn’t seen him in a long time,” Goodyear said.

Freshwaters was at a Sandusky state prison when he escaped in 1959, just seven months into a 20-year sentence for violating his probation after being convicted for manslaughter. He was captured once in West Viriginia in 1970s, but they let him go after a failed extradition.

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