Molly told the reporter, that the burning of the car was no clean getaway. Moments after Ernie sped off, a driver on the same road, noticed the wreck. He tried using his cell phone, but discovered there was no reception on that part of the road, so he drove off looking for help.
Ernie immediately drove to Abilene, Texas-a two-hundred-mile journey. As soon as he arrived in Abilene, said Molly, he called her from a pay phone, saying only two words, “’It’s done.’” In Abilene, Ernie met an elderly farmer named Mr. Ross and became his hired hand, according to Molly.
When asked why she and Ernie did not leave the area after the funeral, she said she actually believed the insurance company would pay up, but Sgt. Mays became suspicious. That, according to Molly, was when her plan began to unravel.
Things in Abilene were going fine for Ernie, she said, until Mr. Ross caught her and Ernie in his barn with their pants down, literally. She recalled that Mr. Ross came looking for Ernie one morning, and when he opened the barn door, he caught them both-butt naked. He told them they had ten minutes to get out or he was calling the police.