Prisoner Who Escaped in 1959 Finally Caught

Ohio's Frank Freshwaters is picked up in Florida
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2015 4:58 PM CDT
Frank Freshwaters, then and now.   (US Marshals)

(Newser) – Safe to say that Frank Freshwaters probably thought he had beaten the system for good. After escaping from an Ohio prison facility in 1959, Freshwaters managed to assume a new identity as William Cox and settle in Florida's Brevard Country. But as reports, authorities finally tracked down the 79-year-old yesterday, thanks to the efforts of a cold-case unit.

Prior to his escape in Ohio, Freshwaters had been serving up to 20 years on a manslaughter conviction after hitting a man with his car. "He gave everything up," says a US marshal after yesterday's arrest. "He didn't fight anything." Freshwaters, who had been living alone, is now awaiting extradition back to Ohio.

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