Authorities arrest escaped Italian serial killer caught in France

Dec. 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM   |   0 comments

ROME, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Authorities in France Friday apprehended a convicted Italian serial killer who fled his home country during a granted prison leave, officials said.

Bartolomeo Gagliano, 55, was arrested in Mentone, France, after he hijacked a car at gunpoint and fled Italy Tuesday, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

Gagliano has an extensive criminal record and has been serving time in prison for killing two prostitutes and a transsexual in the 1980s. He had been released for good behavior and allowed to visit his mother.

Italian Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri called for a full investigation into why Gagliano was allowed to leave prison. She also urged the public to not judge the entire system on this one incident.

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