Brazilian police capture New Zealand fugitive murderer who fled during brief prison release

November 13, 2014 7:45 AM

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A convicted pedophile and murderer from New Zealand managed to earn money while in prison, book his escape under his birth name, and flee to Brazil while on temporary release before authorities finally caught up with him Thursday.

Phillip John Smith, who sexually abused a neighbor's son and killed the boy's father, might still have been on the run if somebody — police won't say who — hadn't spotted him in Brazil after he got a two-day jump on his pursuers.

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