CHICAGO (WWJ) – A Michigan woman who escaped from prison in the 70’s and started a completely new life in California appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Thursday, to tell her story.
Marie Walsh, who changed her name from Susan LeFevre, was sent to prison for selling heroin to an undercover officer. She told Oprah that when she moved to California after her escape, she left “Susan” behind.
“This was a picture taken a few months after I escaped, as a reminder of a person I didn’t want to be. This was a picture of Susan. I wanted to reinvent myself, I guess, and Marie was going to be someone who was a little stronger,” she said.
Walsh told Oprah she had a difficult time keeping a job for long — eventually caught using a phoney Social Security number and then having to leave.
In 2008, Walsh was discovered and sent back to prison. However, less than a year later, a parole board voted to free her. She’s now back in California with her husband and three children.