The FBI has pleaded to find a prisoner in death row who escaped from prison in 1973, renewed and has not seen since.
Lester Eubanks was confronted at one point with the death penalty for shooting 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deneer after she tried to rap her in 1965 in Mansfield, Ohio.
He turned his sentence into a life sentence and enchanted guards in the Ohio State Prison so much that they let him go unattended to a shopping mall to do Christmas shopping in 1973.
Eubanks had agreed to meet an accomplice in the mall where he escaped. He has not been seen or heard since.
Lester Eubanks disappeared in 1973 when he escaped from custody while being allowed to shop in the mall unattended. He is shown left, that year, and center and right in two computer-generated images of how the police think he looks now
Now, after decades of trying in vain to find him, the FBI renews its campaign to find him by working with the ABC Podcast, & # 39; Have you seen this man? & # 39;
Eubanks then shot and killed 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deneer in 1965
The FBI is also spreading a composite picture of what it might look like, according to Eubanks – 46 years later.
Eubanks was sentenced to death for first-degree murder and rape in 1966. His death sentence was converted to life imprisonment in 1972.
It is not clear why his sentence was transposed.
Amazingly enough, a year later – due to good behavior – he was allowed to do Christmas shopping without a chaperone in a shopping mall in Columbus. He was never seen again.
Eubanks was in his early twenties when he attacked Mary Ellen. Her family participated in the podcast.
& # 39; She always giggled. You know, a little girl. Always giggling and having fun, & said her older sister Myrtle, now 72 ,.
Eubanks grabbed her from the street and took her to be raped, but she fought him. He shot her and hit her on the ground with a rock to make sure she was dead.
He was arrested not long after the murder after the police compared his footprints with the crime scene.
Eubanks confessed the crime and was sentenced to death.
He would be electrocuted in the infamous chair of the Ohio State Prison, where the Shawshank Redemption takes place, but his punishment was turned into life without conditional release.
& # 39; It was like watching a movie – our movie.
& # 39; It happened that night, by the way, that he was caught the following afternoon. Six months later he was … the trial. The sentence. And he was gone, & # 39; said Myrtle.
Eubanks was 22 when he committed the murder. At the time, he is described as & # 39; restless & # 39;
Eubanks was a prisoner in the famous state prison of Ohio, where The Shawshank Redemption takes place
Only a year later, he and a handful of other trusted prisoners were allowed to go to the mall without a companion to do Christmas shopping.
Dale Fortney, a former police officer in Mansfield, Ohio, said it was & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; was that he had been given so much freedom.
& # 39; Lester went from death row to commute to life imprisonment, until then, a year or two later, now he is such a prisoner of honor that he cannot be escorted and left in a shopping mall to do Christmas shopping to do.
& # 39; I don't think normal people can understand that this could actually happen. & # 39;
American Marshals believe that Eubanks received help from within his family.
Their suspicions are reinforced by the fact that many of his relatives in 2015 refused to help him search.
& # 39; Blood is thicker than water. There is someone in the family who knows where he is, & said the American marshal Peter Elliott.
One family member who saw him after he escaped has spoken.
The man is now in his fifties. He was a teenager and lived with Eubanks in the mid-1970s, when he came to him with a father figure.
He said the authorities had a small chance of finding him.
& # 39; You are looking for this guy and he's been away for 40 years?
& # 39; And it's like you haven't found it yet. Why the hell do you think you're going to find him? & # 39;
Have you seen this man? is hosted by The View & # 39; s & # 39; Sunny Hostin on ABC Audio.
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