Fugitive eludes cops by living in zoo

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A notorious fugitive from Australia has been evading capture by living, quite literally, like an animal.

A new book has brought back into the headlines the story of Malcolm Naden, a murderer from Australia who managed to evade capture from 2005 to 2012 by living in Western Plains Zoo, in New South Wales, The Sun reports.

The book, titled “The Contractor” details the account of a security contractor hired to track down a suspected “homeless person” living in Western Plains Zoo. Zoo officials were incensed when they kept finding food wrappers in odd places, and barbecues still warm from use at mysterious times.

As he tracked down Naden, the contractor discovered the fugitive had decapitated a Galapagos tortoise so as to devour its insides in order to stay alive. He had also been stealing bananas from the elephant enclosure, cooking meals on the coin powered barbecues around the park, and sleeping under the roof of the zoo manager’s hut. A vet recalled seeing Naden flee the tortoise enclosure.

Upon the discovery of the beheaded tortoise, the zoo boosted police presence in the area, and Naden was forced to lay low. He was eventually captured living in a tiny hut deep in the zoo’s bushland.

After he was apprehended, Naden was given a life sentence for the murder of his 15-year-old girlfriend, Kristy Scholes, and another 21 years for the murder of his cousin, Lateesha Nolan, that same year. Nolan’s remains were only found years later, after Naden assisted police in locating them. For seven years, he was Australia’s most wanted man.

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