Real Name: Margo Freshwater
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Murder, Escape
Missing Since: October 4, 1970
CaseEditDetails: In 1970, a blond, wide-eyed teenager from Columbus, Ohio named Margo Freshwater was in the Tennessee State Prison for Women and had just been convicted for first-degree murder, but she would not remain there for long. On October 4, she and another inmate, Fay Fairchild, escaped by scaling a fence while being escorted by an unarmed guard. She has now been on the run for over 30 years, which is the longest in Tennessee state history, and police believe that she has blended into society, as a mother, and possibly even a grandmother and well-abided citizen. Her story began in 1966 when she met forty-one-year-old Glenn Nash, a lawyer who was being investigated by the Memphis Bar Association for legal misconduct and he felt that they were plotting against him. Margo met with him in order to get her boyfriend out of jail, but had no money to pay him so he took the case pro bono and the two began an affair. Nash felt that the bar association was out to get him, and on December 6, 1966, he and Margo left and told her landlady that they were going bowling, but were really going on a three-state crime spree. During a liquor store holdup, Nash took the cashier into the backroom and Margo waited on a customer as Nash accused the cashier of being an agent for the bar association. He then tied up, shot, and killed the cashier, Hillman Robbins, who left behind a wife and two children. A witness then saw Margo and Glenn fleeing the store in a white Ford Fair lane.
Twelve days later on December 18, a witness saw an almost identical scene: a couple fleeing a Florida convenience store in the same car; inside the store was the body of Esther Bouyea. She had been shot in the neck. Police at first did not connect the two murders until they found Nash's car abandoned on a highway shoulder, and in the trunk they found rope and bullet shells that matched those used in Hillman's murder. Then, a cab driver named C.C. Surratt picked up the couple, and was then found shot to death. The police staked out the nearby bus stations and their efforts soon payed off; Nash and Freshwater were arrested at one, were taken to Mississippi, and charged with Surratt's murder. However, Nash was declared mentally insane, incompetent to stand trial, and was taken to a mental hospital. Eventually, he would be released and is still married to his wife, whom he had been married to during his affair with Margo. Margo stood trial for the murder but she said that Nash had imprisoned her and said that he would kill her and her family if she tried to escape, but authorities were uncertain of her involvement in the murders, along with the jury, which failed to reach a verdict twice. Three years later, she was tried for the murder of Hillman Robbins, convicted by the jury, and sentenced to 99 years in prison. Eighteen months later, she and another inmate, Fay Fairchild, scaled a barbed wire fence, hitched a ride, and vanished. From Tennessee, the two women went to Baltimore, where they said their goodbyes. A few weeks later, Fay was arrested in Chicago, but Margo has never been found.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 26, 2002 episode. Freshwater was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted
Results: Captured. Margo was arrested shortly after the case was filmed. She was living under the name Tonya McCartor, a married mother of three, in Columbus, Ohio. She was taken into custody outside of an athletic club by Ohio investigators. None of her family members were aware of her criminal past. She has since been returned to the same Tennessee prison she escaped from thirty-two years earlier. However, in May 2011, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed her conviction and a new trial was ordered. In November, she entered a special guilty plead and was released from prison.
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