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Leslie Fudold was one such patient. He had been at the facility since 1936 and decided that 22 years of institution life was not sufficient cure for his wandering mind and ways. So he proceeded to go down to the railroad tracks--the same line that took so many lives via accidents--and loosened a few tracks of their ties. A sheriff's deputy named Richard Alex happened by at the right moment and took him in for questioning which was followed by further interrogation by the FBI.
New York Central Rail officials said that had two trains passed over the tracks that the rail would have been sufficiently loosened for a third to have a wreck.