Sunday, August 3, 2008


Courtesy Walsh family

Michigan Department of Corrections photo, 1975

Differing tales emerge about Susan LeFevre, 32-year prison escapee and suburban California mother
by Dean Bohn The Saginaw News
Friday May 02, 2008, 7:56 AM

A southern California family is standing by the wife and mother who lived under a false name and with a colossal secret: Susan M. LeFevre escaped from a Plymouth prison 32 years ago.

But Michigan authorities are painting a different picture from LeFevre's account that her drug involvement was minor and she jumped a barbed wire fence to escape from prison out of fear for her safety.

The former Thomas Township resident, arrested at 19 for taking $600 from an undercover officer during a heroin drug sting in 1974, served about one year of a 10- to 20-year sentence for violating drug laws and conspiring to commit that crime when she walked away from the Robert Scott Correctional Facility at 21.

Her husband of 23 years, Alan Walsh, said his family was blindsided and grief-stricken by the revelation that Marie Day, the woman he fell in love with and who bore his three children, had hidden a criminal past.


LeFevre's crimes likely caused many and serious ripples in the criminal underworld. he said. A state trooper testified LeFevre was a ringleader of a drug-trafficking operation, Marlan said.

"She had people working for her. She was making a large profit," Marlan said. "She wore nice clothing and rented an apartment. When she was arrested, she had $600 in cash, paraphernalia for cutting heroin, and photographs that proved she was acquainted with people higher up in the Saginaw drug world.


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