Austin filmmakers shed light into search for Pa. shooting suspect

AUSTIN (KXAN) – As the search goes on for a man accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper, documentary filmmakers in Austin are recalling their interactions with Eric Frein.

Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas met Frein in 2010 at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia while producing a documentary on Vietnam War reenactments.

Eric Frein“Eric and his group of reenactors were among those most serious at these reenactments. Their uniforms were absolutely perfect…from an exact year like 1968,” said Bresnan.

The filmmakers say Frein took the reenactments to another level, pretending to be a C.I.A. agent who would venture deep into North Vietnamese territory.

“Eric was very serious,” Bresnan noted. “These tactical are full immersion and the reenactors like Eric would bring cans of Spam, they would try to simulate exactly what a soldier would be going through if they were in a combat mission in a jungle.”

“They weren’t joking around. They were hunting for their enemy. And Eric was very good at being in the woods,” Lucas said.

The filmmakers say they encountered Frein five times over the two years of producing the documentary. They say he is well prepared to spend many days in the woods, a place police in Pennsylvania believe he is still hiding.

“He didn’t seem like he was angry. So we would have never predicted that this would happen,” Lucas said.

“We spent four years recording the reenactments and being around the reenactors, and many of them are good people, and there – there is a minority that lives on the edge of society, and they have a lot of weaponry. And that always scared us,” Bresnan said.

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