Back in March, private investigator Patrick Cote dropped by the Cactus Rose Wedding Chapel in Glendale, Ariz., looking for leads as to the whereabouts of fugitive Frank Dryman. Dryman had disappeared 38 years earlier while on parole from the Montana Department of Corrections for the 1951 roadside murder of Shelby resident Clarence Pellet, and hadn’t been seen since. Well, who should be running the happy little house of union where Cote stopped but Dryman himself, living under the alias Victor Houston. The man had since made something of an honorable reputation for himself, becoming a solid businessman and volunteering with civic clubs. But Dryman—now 79—admitted his true identity to law enforcement shortly after Cote’s visit, and was extradited to the Montana State Prison where he will likely stay for the rest of his days. If that ain’t the tidiest ending since The Hangover, we don’t know what is.
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