September 27th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Fugitive arrested after 41 years on the lam

George Wright, a fugitive for more than 41 years, was arrested Monday by Portuguese authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and New Jersey Department of Corrections announced Tuesday.

The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for a New Jersey state murder conviction.

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  1. America

    Occupy Wallstreet!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Shut up!

      September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherry Lewis and Landchop

    What exactly is the lam... .?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • richi

      on the lam > means the same as on the run its just an informal way of saying it (American)

      September 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      If he was on the lamb, it would be a rather unsavory fetish.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vaudeville

      Reminds me of the joke, "I just flew in from Pittsburgh. Boy are my arms tired."

      I was just on the lamb for 41 years. Boy is my _______ tired.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Where do you guys learn how to write???

    September 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cedric

    by the time he finishes the rest of his sentence he should be dead.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      I replied "GOOD" to this, but it didn't post.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve, Tampa

    "On the lam" or "on the run" often refers to fugitives. Mencken's The American Language and The Thesaurus of American Slang proclaim that lam, lamister, and "on the lam" — all referring to a hasty departure — were common in thieves' slang before the turn of the twentieth century. Mencken quotes a newspaper report on the origin of 'lam' which actually traces it indirectly back to Shakespeare's time. Its origin should be obvious to anyone who runs over several colloquial phrases for leavetaking, such as 'beat it' and 'hit the trail'. The allusion in 'lam' is to 'beat,' and 'beat it' is Old English, meaning 'to leave.' During the period of George Ade's 'Fables in Slang' (1900), cabaret society delight in talking slang, and 'lam' was current. Like many other terms, it went under in the flood of new usages of those days, but was preserved in criminal slang. A quarter of a century later it reappeared.

    Mencken also quotes a story from the New York Herald Tribune in 1938 which reported that "one of the oldest police officers in New York said that he had heard "on the lam" thirty years ago."

    September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe

    mike, your grammar is just as bad..

    September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

    Everything i never wanted to know about lam, yikes!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap

    I'll have the Lam on Rye...

    September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charles

    Good thing they caught him before he died of old age.
    I feel safer now that this old geezer is behind bars

    September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rueben Kornbeefe

    @ drap,what exactly is this rye?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MadTurki

    Imagine riding a lamb for 41 years 😐 No wonder he got caught!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scrotolingus

    If ur interested in "riding" the lam, come to texas, i got just what ewe need.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |

    i wonder what he has done for a job all these years?..

    September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      My top 2 guesses are drug dealer and pimp. Either way, I'm sure he's been of great service to society.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Hey, he owes me money!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    From CBS news website:

    "Wright, who was convicted of the 1962 murder of war hero and New Jersey gas station owner Walter Patterson, eight years later escaped the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, N.J. along with three other men.

    According to the FBI, Wright became affiliated with the Black Liberation Army and resurfaced in 1972 when he and his associates hijacked a Delta flight from Detroit to Miami. After releasing the passengers in exchange for a $1 million ransom, the hijackers forced the plane to fly to Boston, then on to Algeria."

    So just as I thought, he sounds like a solid citizen.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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