Coming to light today is a new development on the 31-year-old, self-made survivalist, Eric Frein, who stalked, shot and killed one Pennsylvania police officer on Sept. 12, 2014, and severely wounded another.
Turns out, authorities found a hand-written note describing Frein’s ambush of the two police officers, as well as his hasty and botched getaway, when they discovered a cache of Frein’s supplies at a campsite on Sept. 29, hidden in the Poconos Mountains. That stash included Serbian cigarettes, food consisting largely of cans of tuna and Ramen noodle packages, a bit of clothing, two pipe bombs and about 90 rounds of ammunition matching the gun Frein used to fire on the officers. Authorities say the note was quite waterlogged, but they were still able to make out what they refer to as a “cold-blooded and absolutely chilling account” of the murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the severe wounding of officer Alex Douglass in Blooming Grove, Pa. that night, nearly one month ago.
State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens read from the chilling note in a press conference Wednesday, opening by sharing sections referencing the murder of Officer Dickson:
Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that.
Bivens also read from Frein’s recounting of the shooting of Officer Douglass:
Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and he jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still.
Frein also wrote of his escape into the Pocono Mountains:
I ran back to the Jeep. I made it maybe half-a-mile from the GL [game lands] road and hit a road block. I didn’t expect one so soon — it was only 15 to 20 minutes. I did a k-turn a quarter mile from them and pulled into a development I knew had unfinished access roads. Hearing helos [helicopters], I just used my marker lights, missed the trail around a run off pool and drove straight into it.
Authorities say they found Frein’s Jeep roughly 15 to 20 miles away from the hills he now hides in, sunk at the bottom of a swamp merely a few miles from the scene of the crime.
Frein quickly wrote of that, too:
Disaster. Made half-attempt to stash AK and ran.
After that the manhunt all have come to know was on. Officers continue to stalk the hills looking for Frein, clad in bulletproof vests and heavily armed. Helicopters and police dogs have been deployed in the efforts, as well.
We know that Frein has prepared and planned extensively for months, and maybe years. He planned his attack and his retreat.
I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil.
Lt. Col. Bivens also made it clear that the notes collected did not suggest Frein knew either of the officers personally. Neither are mentioned by name.
Frein, a former resident of Canadensis, Pa., is being charged with both homicide and attempted murder, as well as “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution,” according to the Washington Post. Two more charges have been added as of Wednesday for “possessing two weapons of mass destruction” (pipe bombs).
Frein has been soiling diapers and on the run for nearly a month now, ducking authorities every step of the way even as he leaves a trail of trash behind him. Police caught site of Frein just this last Tuesday, but they were about 200 yards out of reach. Evidence has also been discovered by tactical teams that Frein built small fires in the nooks of a 40-foot rock face, suggesting heavily, one would think, that notions of an underground bunker where Frein could hide out for the winter may not prove to be true. With winter approaching, the cold may just flush him out after all.
DNA tests run by the FBI on the disposed diapers have come back inconclusive due to exposure to the elements.
Bivens closed the press conference by saying of Frein:
We will get Frein. Whether that is today, whether that is tomorrow, or whether that is next week remains to be seen.
More than likely, they will.
(Video courtesy of cnn.com.)
H/T Washington Post.