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A former ‘most wanted’ fugitive who remained on the run for two years has offered a glimpse into the mindset of man on the run in the wake of killer Danelo Cavalcante’s daring prison escape and capture 13 days later. 

Seth Ferranti, 51, is a former college drug kingpin who landed on the US Marshals Most Wanted list in 1991 after faking his suicide to evade cops when a warrant for his arrest was issued. 

He was eventually caught, and after serving 21 years in federal prison for Continual Criminal Enterprise – the same charge handed down to cartel boss El Chapo – he became an activist and filmmaker who has spoken out about the war on drugs

Ferranti told DailyMail.com that there is a laundry list of factors that Cavalcante – who was behind bars in Pennsylvania for brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend – got wrong. 

‘First of all, you need money, it makes everything easier. I had loads of IDs, and I’d switch every day,’ he said. 

Seth Ferranti (left) offered a glimpse into the mindset of a man on the run, after he successfully evaded custody for two years while on the US Marshal’s Most Wanted list from 1991

Ferranti was eventually caught two years after faking his suicide, and was sought by police for leading a drug ring providing LSD and marijuana to the Fairfax County, Virginia area

Escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante was captured by police after he was subdued by K-9s and a multi-agency manhunt which tracked him to a wooded area with the help of K-9 Yoda

Ferranti admitted that prison inmates plot escapes ‘all the time’, with Cavalcante tasting freedom for 14 days before he was arrested

Although Cavalcante, 34 and the escape of British terror suspect Daniel Khalife, 21,  captured headlines on both sides of the Atlantic with near-successful escapes in recent weeks, the issue is more prominent than many realize.

Cavalcante on the other hand, used a razor he found in a backpack to shave and mostly stayed in wooded areas while surviving on a diet of watermelon and creek water. 

It was also impossible for Cavalcante to stay under the radar because his escape was headline news, Ferranti said. That alone could agitate guards now that he is back behind bars, he added. 

Approximately three percent of all prisoners escape during their sentences, according to the US Department of Justice, equaling over 2,000 abscondments every year.  

Many prison escapes are spontaneous seize-the-moment efforts, but Cavalcante’s escape from the Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania undoubtedly took some scheming. 

As a hapless, now-fired security guard looked away, Cavalcante athletically crab-walked up the walls of the recreation yard before clambering over a razor-sharp wire, running across a roof and jumping gracefully to freedom. 

Ferranti admitted that inmates plan escapes ‘all the time’, although they are ‘always more of a dream’ as criminals wish for freedom. 

For those that make the attempt, he warned that ambitious, panic-stricken inmates will be thinking they’ve just ‘got to break the perimeter’, leading them to potentially feel like the hard part is over. 

‘You’re so determined, then you can almost give up on getting vital things like money, shades, etcetera,’ he said. 

‘When you first escape, paranoia definitely takes over. But you can get over that. When you’re nervous, you’ve got do all you can to cover that up. You gotta keep moving.’ 

In Cavalcante’s escape, he was shot at by a homeowner after he broke onto a property to search for items he needed. He also stole a rifle, which was found on him when he was arrested. 

Ferranti said that he ‘had a much better plan’ than the Brazilian, who is in the US illegally.  

But Ferranti’s own plan also came to an end after two years at large in 1993 when a friend he was with was arrested for drug possession, and cops realized his fingerprints didn’t match his fake IDs. 

Feranti spent 21 years in federal prisons, with his drugs charge inflated as it came at the height of the ‘War on Drugs’ 

Behind bars, the former fugitive obtained several degrees including a Master’s degree, and is now a filmmaker and activist 

Ferranti (pictured with his partner) said his key to remaining at large was his use of fake aliases, because criminals at large ‘need to be anyone’ 

During his two years on the run, Ferranti hardly shied away from the bright lights of the city and spent the majority of his time in Hollywood. 

In past reports about his life, he has described partying heavily and getting into the West Coast music scene.

‘You need to be anyone,’ he continued to DailyMail.com, stressing the importance of anonymity through subtle disguises, aliases, and bravado. 

‘I had loads of IDs, and I’d switch every day. I would quiz myself over the identities, because if you know it then it comes across as routine.’ 

Cavalcante’s preference to largely remain in the woods also seemingly led to his demise as cops zeroed in on him – a mistake that Ferranti said could have been avoided if he had enlisted help from a friend or relative. 

‘You need someone on the outside… they could help in so many ways,’ he said. ‘From meeting you in a car where you can hide in the backseat to a safe apartment, and again they can supply money.’ 

‘(With outside help) you could really hide close to where you escaped,’ he added. 

Would be escapees have a list of prior prison breakouts to draw from if they dare to flee – but the attempts almost never work, and those that do almost never work twice. 

The most notable recent example of this may be the man who was charged with the same crime as Ferranti, El Chapo, who’s multiple escapes have landed him in a supermax, escape-proof prison known as a ‘high-tech version of hell.’ 

‘Anytime someone does something, that’s intel,’ Ferranti said. After Cavalcante evaded custody, he claimed the killer is likely to feel the guards’ wrath for ’embarrassing’ them. 

He continued: ‘The guards are going to lock him in the hole… They’d be agitated, frustrated, they’re not gonna be nice to him.’

‘They might even make up some excuse to beat him,’ Ferranti added. ‘He’ll be under maximum security for sure, the next several years are going to be all lockdowns for him.’ 

While Ferranti never made an escape attempt during his two decades in custody, he said constant scheming from inmates often centered around the operational side of prisons. 

‘People would talk about hiding in items between kitchens or hiding in crates, because facilities rooms have goods coming in and out a lot,’ he said. 

‘I worked in the rec yards, and would scope out different spots, and I always figured ‘I could do this.” 

The former inmate said escape plots ‘almost always included ropes, or something to help climb over the razor wire’. However, if any plans are ever launched, he said prison officials keep the ones that are unsuccessful closely under wraps from other inmates.

After recalling a time guards found tied-up bedsheets on top of a prison roof during his incarceration, Ferranti said those inside hardly had a clue who tried the escape, or what their fate was. 

‘A lot of the time the dudes who escape are the real quiet ones,’ he added.

The former college drug kingpin said his faked suicide was intended to result in him being declared legally dead after seven years, before he was arrested after two 

After languishing in prison for the first nine years, Ferranti started working towards turning his life around, and obtained several degrees including a Master’s degree. 

But before he was caught by cops and incarcerated, Ferranti captured headlines after faking his suicide when warrants were issued for his arrest. 

‘They just gave me bad options, so I looked for a way out,’ he admitted. The then-drug dealer thought he planned it all, leaving his car, clothes, an empty bottle of vodka and a suicide note by the Potomac River. 

But investigators figured out the suicide was fake because he left his belongings on the wrong side of the river, a common suicide spot at the time where bodies would always wash up. 

‘If they don’t find a body for seven years, I’m declared legally dead,’ he said. ‘That was my plan – my ‘suicide’ was just on the wrong side of the river.’ 

Following his release in 2015, Ferranti has become a filmmaker, journalist and activist who works to bring attention to the flaws in the ‘War on Drugs.’ 

His colossal prison sentence was seemingly inflated because it came at the height of the law enforcement campaign, and said his writing behind bars about his experience often drew retribution from prison officials. 

Alongside the 22 books he has authored, the former felon has produced films including ‘Dopemen: America’s First Drug Cartel’, and Netflix hit ‘White Boy’. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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