Where Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas stayed while on the run: Part 4 Video

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Reporter: You can’t understand this story, or this country, without grasping the allure of the American road. The freedom, the control, the ability to put your whole past in your rearview mirror. This was tad Cummins’ sell to Elizabeth Thomas, who was clearly open to suggestion, just days before she’d posted on Instagram, “I want to leave, go away, far away.” We know that tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas drove out of Tennessee with their bags packed for warm weather. He had shorts and t-shirts, she had her bathing suit, left her makeup behind. They headed south, then west, often evading authorities by sticking to the back roads. As their pictures spread in media across the country, they make that stop in Oklahoma City, the first we know of, where investigators say they checked in to this super 8 motel. Staff here telling investigators Cummins asked for directions to the local Walmart. That slip-up gave authorities the lead they needed to pull the store security video. Fugitives, particularly if they haven’t been fugitives before, are fairly unsophisticated and they make mistakes. Reporter: We learned that Cummins made that mistake here at the super 8, using his real name, even giving the motel his real I.D., before checking in to room 114. This is what a single bed room looks like at this super 8. Newly renovated, new linens, with a microwave and a refrigerator. All a far cry from where they would end up once tad Cummins’ money runs out. Hotel staff say the two spent most of their time in their room, keeping to themselves. So you think his biggest trouble is going to be keeping her in line, on his side, under control. Yes, keeping her in a place where she doesn’t either want to run from him, call somebody, text somebody. Maybe he said, “Look, you’re in as much as trouble as I am. Your life will be awful if you go back there. You have to stay with me.” Reporter: Throughout…

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