MILFORD, Pa. (Tuesday afternoon, April 11) - Was it rage at the US Government being too restrictive on American Citizens' personal freedoms?
Was it anger over real or perceived mistreatment by police in a past encounter?
Or was it something else?

MILFORD, Pa. (Tuesday afternoon, April 11) - Was it rage at the US Government being too restrictive on American Citizens’ personal freedoms?
Was it anger over real or perceived mistreatment by police in a past encounter?
Or was it something else?
Questioned by investigators for three hours after his capture, Eric Frein gave no clear answer when asked why he allegedly shot and killed one trooper and wounded another in a 2014 sniper ambush outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks. On Tuesday, the sixth day of Frein’s trial, the jury saw a videotape of police interviewing FreIn, in the very same police barracks, shortly after he was apprehended Oct. 30, 2014, following a 48 day manhunt.
The defense had filed a pretrial motion requesting the prosecution not be allowed to show the jury the video taped interview.

No attorney present

After Frein was brought into the interview room, prior to the start of questioning, police read him his Miranda rights, giving him the option of waving those rights and talking to them without an attorney present to represent him.
He asked to see the Miranda rights waiver form, which police gave him, but he never signed it, according to the defense.
Frein then told police he wasn’t going to discuss any crimes, but was willing to tell where he had stashed a rifle in the woods after the shootings. He told police he was concerned about the safety of any children who might happen across the rifle, which he said was buried in a case about two to three feet underground in the woods somewhere east of Route 447 and north of Alpine Resort.
Because Frein didn’t sign the Miranda rights waiver form, he technically never agreed to talk to police without his attorney present, which makes anything he told police inadmissible in court.
Also, he clearly told police he wasn’t going to discuss any crimes, which likewise makes inadmissible any statements or responses he gave to any questions about any crimes, the defense argued.
The judge denied the defense’s request, allowing the prosecution to present the interview at trial.
The judge agreed with prosecution that Frein shouldn’t have said anything, to police without an attorney present, after not signing the Miranda rights waiver or after saying he was not going to discuss any crimes.

Frein spoke

Instead of keeping silent, Frein did talk.
Prompted by questioning at one point later in the interview, he told police, “I did this and nobody else did.”
He became emotional at times, saying a father would never go home to his children again, and nodding in silent confirmation about the number of bullets hitting each trooper.
The defense attributes this to police skillfully manipulating and coercing him into doing so by creating a warm, friendly atmosphere, making him feel relaxed and comfortable enough to make statements he perhaps shouldn’t have made.
Police granted Frein’s request for cigarettes, coffee and a restroom break and even joked and made small talk with him.
The defense adds that Frein at no point said or signed any statement saying, “I shot Cpl. Bryon Dickson (who was killed) and Trooper Alex Douglass (who was injured ),” even though his responses to questioning can be construed as an admission.
During the interview, Police repeatedly complimented Frein on his good, cooperative behavior, telling him his parents had raised a well mannered, well spoken, intelligent young man. Police urged him to do the right thing and tell the truth for the sake of Dickson’s family, Douglass and all other law enforcement personnel.

Explanation sought

“The (remorseful) Eric Frein sitting in front of me can’t be the same Eric Frein who waited for an hour in the woods (across Route 402 from the police barracks) to shoot at state troopers,” Cpl. Ben Clark told Frein. “It just doesn’t add up. Please help us understand what drove you to do this.”
Assisting Clark with the interview, Trooper Michael Mulvey asked Frein “Was it something the police did to you in the past? Or is it how we do our jobs? Please tell us so we can do our jobs better. You have a chance to have some good come out of this. You can prevent anyone else from going though what you’ve been through so that they don’t make the same mistake you have.”
At different points during the interview, Frein discussed the Serbian military (of which he and other members of a club had taken part in re-enactments), how the US Constitution has no longer been respected in recent times and other subjects.
Perhaps the clearest answer he gave to why he allegedly did what he is accused of is depression over how his life was going as an adult who at one point was still living with his parents and looking for employment.

“I’m sorry”

“What do you want to tell Cpl. Dickson’s family and Trooper Douglass?” Mulvey asked.
Frein said, “I’m sorry.”
Other testimony Tuesday focused on authorities finding two rifles and a loaded pistol, but no explosives, in the airfield hanger on the abandoned Birchwood Resort property in Pocono Township. When finally found and taken into custody outside the hanger, Frein told authorities where they could find the guns, saying he was concerned about the safety of any children coming across the loaded pistol.
Testimony is expected to resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Pike County Court.