PA survivalist Eric Frein charged with terrorism after boasting of state trooper's 'assassination'

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PA survivalist Eric Frein charged with terrorism after boasting of state trooper's 'assassination'
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Also found in Frein hangar by PSP: 14 page handwritten note from 1996 (?) in a manila envelope. @WNEP http://t.co/wMHp255wP5
70's era brochure from Birchwood Resort where Eric Frein was found near an abandoned hangar last week. @WNEP #Poconos http://t.co/oQg1zHjj75
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Eric Frein is escorted to his arraignment in the Pike County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in Milord, Pa. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/MCT via Getty Images)
Accused cop killer Eric Frein's mug shot taken after his Thursday night arrest. (Pike County Jail)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, gestures as he explain how Eric Matthew reacts when he was captured on Thursday night, while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, talks with members of the media while he explains how Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officer stands by as Eric Frein arrives at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officers arrive at the Pike County Courthouse for Eric Frein's arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police attends a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police speaks at a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW PHOTO of Eric Frein in police custody http://t.co/jtCxORqQ7p http://t.co/oymJu944l0
Breaking: first photo of #EricFrein in trooper car http://t.co/Uhxd1Yy0MG
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin insisted Thursday evening that he would seek the death penalty against Frein. (CNN)
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan insisted that Frein was captured not because he was tired, but "because he was caught -- he had no choice." (CNN)
Pocono Mt. SD closed Tuesday after possible sighting of accused cop killer Eric Frein near hs http://t.co/RUVoYnxa6k http://t.co/0EXfyPtulz
K9, FBI, border patrol canvassing hillside near Swiftwater School campus looking for Eric Frein. http://t.co/hGHxARQbcC
#EricFrein manhunt along Lower Swiftwater Road. Upper Swiftwater closing. @wnep http://t.co/3f7dXlvqH7
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted near Pennsylvania high school http://t.co/xCtf83wxdp http://t.co/WHUOoAu8co
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Eric Matthew Frein, 31, poses on an unspecified date and location. Eric Frein is being sought in the killing of State Trooper Bryon Dickson. (Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police say they remain confident that Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing a trooper in an ambush attack and injuring another, is still in the general search area.
FBI enhanced pictures of what Eric Frein may currently look like with Mohawk and/or facial hair http://t.co/E90ZqN9PTo
The Inn at Buck Hill, an abandoned Pocono Mountains resort that is being scoured by investigators as they hunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein. (Pennsylvania State Police)
One of the many caves search teams are tasked with clearing as they hunt down the wanted man. (Pennsylvania State Police)
Massive manhunt under way in killing of Pennsylvania state trooper. http://t.co/pp5Gypwf5m http://t.co/XXXWZ2Q2cI
One PA State Trooper dead, another injured after being ambushed at their barracks last night. http://t.co/x5xsngN36k http://t.co/kRKAqVssiZ
Police ID Eric Matthew Frein, 31, as suspect in #BloomingGrove trooper shooting. Considered armed, dangerous. http://t.co/oVMerPYPRr
PSP schedules 2 p.m. news conference to discuss trooper shooting -- WATCH LIVE HERE: http://t.co/HrWJkIuV2x http://t.co/ihn2mTSITQ
#BREAKING WPVI reports PSP have a suspect in trooper shooting case; briefing set for 2 p.m. http://t.co/1yBaTVKluu http://t.co/OBXXq0QFFD
Tragedy for Pa. State Police + all society: ambush kills 1 trooper, wounds another; no suspect http://t.co/IJZYeMBmlj http://t.co/Km9RSdTSDk
PHOTO of Pa. State Trooper killed in ambush http://t.co/wFTHl0ln7z http://t.co/lpwI5pETJM
Most Viewed: Pennsylvania state trooper dies in shooting http://t.co/STAscMgIwt http://t.co/YqCZHpsaPm
DEVELOPING NOW: Search for suspect after two Pennsylvania State Troopers shot, one killed http://t.co/5Owg4ifF5G http://t.co/arzq50tBDA
State Trooper killed another wounded in shooting at Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. We are live at 6-WBRE http://t.co/sd6iFC487G
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The Pennsylvania survivalist charged in the shooting death of one state trooper and the severe wounding of another now faces terrorism charges for trying to spark an armed revolution against the government.

Survivalist Eric Frein, 31, was hit with two charges of terrorism for trying to "influence the policy of government" through "assassination" during a late Thursday afternoon court hearing, authorities said. He appeared via closed-circuit television.

Frein already faces the death penalty for shooting dead Trooper Byron Dickson and hurting Trooper Alex Douglass outside a police barracks in the Pocono Mountains. He claimed Dickson's killing was an assassination, according to police.

Authorities said during the hearing that the basis for these new charges came from a letter the fugitive wrote to his parents that was found by investigators on the hard drive of a computer he owned and statements he made during interrogation.

Frein told state police investigators that he hoped to start a change in government.

"He wanted to make a change (in government) and that voting was insufficient to do so because there was no one worth voting for," a criminal complaint said.

Frein admitted he engaged the troopers to "wake people up because it was all he could do," said police.

The former fugitive also admitted in the letter to committing the acts and trying to conceal his involvement in the letter to his parents.

"Our nation is far from what it was and what it should be," Frein wrote to "mom and dad," according to an affidavit obtained by AOL. News.

"There is so much wrong on so many levels only passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had," he continued. "Tension is high at the moment and the time seems right for a spark to ignite the fire in the hearts of men.

"I do not have a death wish but I know the odds. I tried my best to do this without getting identified," he wrote. "I am sorry. You guys are great parents. I am just not a good son.

"I squandered so much opportunity and support and rarely tried my best at anything," the wanted man continued. "maybe this is just the final squander.

"I love you. Please forgive me of my many faults," he pleaded. "Thanks for putting up with me so long.

SEE THE FINAL TWO PAGES OF THE AFFIDAVIT -- WHICH INCLUDE THE INTERROGATOR'S REMARKS AND FREIN'S LETTER TO HIS PARENTS -- STORY CONTINUES BELOW


Police also found two pipe bombs in the woods around Canadensis, the town where Frein was living while staying in his parents' home. He faces two counts of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, in addition to a litany of other criminal charges.

Frein was somehow able to elude police capture for 48-days until being found near the hangar of an abandoned airport about 30 minutes from where he shot Dickson dead.

The massive manhunt that led to his capture shutdown much of the surrounding area, threatened to cancel Halloween for thousands of children and left multiple towns on edge as sightings were reported on a near-daily basis.

The month-and-a-half search involved local, state, federal and out-of-state authorities as they combed the dense forest seemingly without an end in sight.

Frein reportedly surrendered unarmed when found by police.

Authorities previously announced they would seek the death penalty in the accused cop killer's eventual trial.

He remains in custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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