After her escape, Susan fled to California. "I wanted to basically forge a new identity," she says. "I had to change also because, while I was in prison, there was a drug program, and I did realize then that I wasn't just partying. That I had been using drugs. That I had escaped into drugs every time there was a problem."

Susan Marie LeFevre became simply Marie. Though she needed a Social Security number to work, Marie says she never stole anyone else's identity.  "After I was working, I would usually have to move on to another job because they would say, 'There was a mistake there. Can you straighten this out?'" she says. "And I would just have to move because I never had a name and a Social Security number that matched up."

Living on the lam, Marie says she never let herself get comfortable—and also never dwelled on the fact that she was a fugitive. "I said to myself, 'What's the use of going over barbed wire and going through this if you're going to be worried every day?'" she says. "I just have to leave in the hands of fate or a higher power that, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be."


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