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South Carolina fugitive has Kentucky ties

By: Sam Smith Email
By: Sam Smith Email

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dallas Smallwood was on the run for nearly 40 years after escaping from a South Carolina jail. Police arrested him on Monday in Michigan.

A Laurel County woman was married to him for three years, but knew him by a different name.

Smallwood was calling himself Waylon Wilson. Ruth Wilson met him in 1990, while working at a restaurant.

"I walked in one night, and there he was. He was cooking. A month later we were married," she said.

She took his fake last name. She even traveled to South Carolina to meet his family.

"There was never any indication that he wasn't who he said he was," explained Wilson.

They divorced in 1993. Working as a truck driver, he moved on, and she stayed in London. He would stay in touch by writing her letters.

"He was telling me how lonely it is on the road," Wilson told WKYT.

Ruth had no idea Waylon Wilson was actually Dallas Smallwood. Her daughter, Monica Sizemore, says she never trusted her step-dad.

"His first words when I met him were, 'welcome to my world.' It sent up immediate red flags," Sizemore said.

Wilson now plans on changing her last name.

Investigators say Smallwood was serving a five-year sentence for grand larceny and receiving stolen property, before he escaped in 1977.

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