Italian killer 'Johnny the Gypsy' caught yet again
An Italian murderer who escaped from prison for the seventh time earlier this month was caught on Tuesday hiding in a sheep pen, police said.
Giuseppe Mastini, 60, nicknamed “Johnny the Gypsy,” took advantage of a temporary release from a high-security jail in Sardinia to flee on September 6, failing to return to his cell.
“The fugitive was found at a countryside property near Sassari,” in the island’s northwest, police said.
Police officers searched dozens of houses in the area and found Mastini hiding in a sheep pen next to a blacksmith’s forge.
Mastini had dyed his hair platinum blonde in a bid to disguise himself.
“We always escape for love,” he told the policemen that found him, according to the Corriere della Sera daily, although his partner was not in the pen with him.
The blacksmith was arrested on charges of harboring a known fugitive, police said.
Originally from Bergamo in northern Italy, Mastini moved to Rome in the 1970s with his family and committed his first murder aged 11, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
He was also cited in the investigation into the unsolved 1975 murder of filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Mastini first escaped from jail in 1987, when he failed to show up after a temporary release from prison.
He was on the run for two years.