Eric Frein’s words, police said, read like the diary of a calculated killer: “Fri. Sept. 12th, got a shot around 11 pm and took it. . . . He droped.[sic] . . . I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head/neck area. . . . He was still and quiet after.” The Philadelphia Inquirer says the quote came from a journal state police said Frein wrote after ambushing two troopers last month, prompting the most massive manhunt in years in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Investigators said yesterday that Frein, 31, who has eluded them for weeks, likely remains hidden in the same dense forest that they have been scouring, and that they have found sites he abandoned and evidence to suggest that his supplies may be dwindling. The search has cost several million dollars, but the handwritten pages recovered at a campsite were a reminder of why authorities need to devote all the resources they can to catch Frein, Lt. Col. George Bivens said. “I will tell you, after reading this cold-blooded and absolutely chilling account, I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil,” Bivens said yesterday.