Lester Eubanks confessed to murdering Mary Ellen and was sentenced to Death.
In 1972, the Supreme Court abolished the Death Penalty and Eubank’s sentence was commuted to life without parole. He was moved into the general prison population where he ingratiated himself to inmates and guards alike. He was soon labeled a “Model Prisoner”. As such he was allowed supervised trips outside of the prison walls. Picking up roadside litter, driving a truck with supplies to another prison and errands into town were some examples.
On December 7th, 1973, Eubanks was selected with a group of fellow inmates to go into town to Christmas shop for their families and friends. Each of the prisoners were dressed in civilian clothes, given cash and told to meet again at 2pm for the ride back to prison. Two o’clock came and went with no sign of Eubanks. He had escaped by simply walking away. A search of the town and nearby area produced no results. In the weeks prior, Eubanks had an increase of visitors to the prison. Officials felt he had been helped in the escape. Everyone on the visitor was questioned including his Mother and Father. Detectives felt sure that his Dad knew where Eubanks was but refused to talk about Lester. A third party later revealed that his Dad had taken a phone call from Lester. By the time that detectives got a warrant for Eubanks Sr.’s phone records, Lester had fled the house painting business where he was employed.
Lester had obtained an Ohio hunting license to use as ID because it did not require a fingerprint. Local and Federal warrants were then issued for his arrest.
- A clerical error voided the warrants for his arrest.
- He has lived in Michigan, Florida, Texas, Alabama, California, and Washington.
- Aliases: Victor Young, Pete Eubanks, Lester William Eubanks
- He has been placed on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted List.
- His case has been on Unsolved Mysteries in 2020.
Lester Edward Eubanks
Lester Eubanks’s actual age is 77 years old, as of 2021.
He was born in 1943, and he celebrates his birthday on the 31st of October every year.
Lester stands at 5 feet and 11 inches tall in height. He weighs 175 pounds.
He has a large scar/burn on his upper right arm.
He is a talented artist/painter.
Authorities have increased his reward for information leading to his arrest from $25,000 to $50,000 to capture him.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.