Note: This story originally appeared on NBCnews.com.
An Ohio prison escapee on the run since the Eisenhower administration has finally been caught, Florida officials said.
Frank Freshwater, 79, escaped an Ohio prison in 1959 and was caught Monday at his trailer in Melbourne, Florida, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said. Freshwater, who was doing time for a probation violation related to a manslaughter conviction, was living under an alias and had worked as a truck driver.
Wanted for Escape poster of Frank Freshwaters. (Photo: Provided.)
Authorities, chasing leads, caught Freshwater by creating a ruse to get him to sign papers, then matching fingerprints on the paper to those from the decades-old arrest, Maj. Tod Goodyear with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities watched him for a week before confronting him, Goodyear added.
When they approached him, authorities showed him his old mugshot, and Freshwater admitted that they had found him, Goodyear said.
Fifty-six years ago, Freshwater had been jailed at the Ohio State Reformatory, where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. He was moved to a prison work farm shortly into his 20-year sentence. He took off after serving seven months.
Over the past five decades, Freshwater lived in several states, using the name William H. Cox, before settling in Brevard County about 20 years ago, officials said. He is awaiting extradition to Ohio.
Benzion Shalom Eliezer Freshwater is the son of Osias Freshwater (1897–1976), born in the village of Sassov, Galicia, Poland, who emigrated to England in 1939. His wife and three children died in the Holocaust. In 1947 he married Nechama Golda Stempel née Halberstam, widowed daughter of Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam, the second Bobover Rebbe, and they had two sons, Benzion and Solomon. Osias built up Daejan Holdings into one of London’s largest private landlords and his sons, Benzion and Rabbi Shlomo are now Executive Directors.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2013 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, he had an estimated fortune of £980 million, up £117 million from 2012.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2014 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, he was placed 79th with an estimated fortune of £1.258 billion, up £278 million from the previous year.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2015 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, he was had a wealth of £1.4 billion, up £142 million from 2014. This put him in 65th place.
He is a trustee of Mayfair Charities Limited, a registered charity which disbursed £8,553,000 in 2007-8 to “organisations and institutions engaged in the provision of education and promotion of religious observance within the tenets of orthodox Judaism and for the relief of poverty.”
~Well now we know where Shawshank Redemption came from, Jews where else?
Andy Dufreshwater, where are you? Apparently not down in Mexico with the schwartzer after all.
The clock is ticking for a clown to call it a German name.
Just one more announcement to make…..Gilad Atzmon and I are touring the United States for all you Jew behind washers out there. Gilead will say “ehhhhhhhh ehhhhhhh” and I’ll say the rest.