Real life Andy Dufresne captured 56 years after escape from Shawshank

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  1. explorer76

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    A Real-Life Andy Dufresne Was Finally Caught 56 Years After Serving Time In Shawshank Prison

    Turns out, Andy Dufresne wasn’t in Zihuatanejo after all.

    Frank Freshwaters, who escaped Shawshank State Prison in 1959*, was apprehended this week in Melbourne, Fla. He spent an astounding 56 years on the run. Freshwaters plead guilty to a manslaughter charge stemming from an automobile accident in 1957. Two years later, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison after violating the terms of his deal.

    But that was only the beginning for Freshwaters, who, like Andy Dufresne from the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption, used his pull inside the prison to escape after only seven months. For the next 56 years, Freshwaters worked mostly as a truck driver and hopped from state to state and town to town. He even collected social security, presumably under an alias. An astute Marshal assigned to cold cases finally tracked Freshwaters down in a rural area of Florida.

    An old picture of Freshwaters came into play, when, after a week of surveillance, authorities confronted him with a question as he left his trailer in a rural area near Melbourne: Have you seen this man?

    “They showed him the pic, and he said he hadn’t seen that guy in a long time,” Goodyear said. “Then he admitted it and basically said, ‘You got me.'”

    Freshwaters is 79 years old and is confined to a wheelchair. Authorities don’t yet know how he escaped from Shawshank.
     
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    He's innocent, his lawyer screwed him.
     
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    Was Dufresne actually guilty?
     
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    I wonder if he'll help the guards with their taxes.
     
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    Bro, didn't they, like, watch the movie?
     
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    He should have stayed on that island with Morgan Freeman.
     
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    Will they let him have posters in his new cell?
     
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    I'm betting he doesn't get a rock hammer this time.
     
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    He's been busy livin', now I guess he'll get busy dyin .
     
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    Sisters are gonna love him.
     
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    His judgement cometh and that right soon.
     
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    He gave up? What a Dumas!!!

    We oughta file that under "Educational"
     
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    I'm puzzled by the amount of resources that go into these old cold cases.

    The dude is 80 and in a wheelchair. Did we really need to spend taxpayer money to track down a guy that probably has a hard enough time taking a piss, nevermind being a danger to society.

    It makes for a good story, but its a complete waste of taxpayer money. This guy isnt exactly whitey bulger.
     
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    No.
     
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    Yes, but nobody knows why he waited until burrito night.
     
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    Hold him down and vaccinate him.
     
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    Wait, wasn't Shawshank based on a Stephen King book...a fictional book?
     
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    Justice is justice, no matter how old or disabled you are. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and then escaped from prison instead of finishing his sentence. I don't think he should get a free pass for any of that just because he is old and disabled. I'm sure that him being free all these years was not a comfort to those who lost a loved one at his hands. Is he a threat? probably not, but he still has to pay for what he did.
     
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    I know. I think the article (or spin) is poorly written. This just happens to be an unrelated guy, who was in Shawshank and escaped.
     

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