He was the chief suspect in a similar 2008 incident but there was not enough evidence to charge him after he was questioned in connection with an attempted abduction of a central European woman.
A source said because of his violent past, authorities would monitor Murphy, who previously sliced a taxi driver’s neck with a bottle and left him with life-threatening injuries. Murphy was released from prison before lunchtime yesterday via a side door, unlike previous high-profile offenders such as rapist Larry Murphy and sex offender Anthony Lyons who walked out of the front door when their sentences were served.
When questioned about the manner of Murphy’s release, prison officials declined to comment.
He was jailed after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a woman who had been waiting at a bus stop at 6.30 am to go to work when a car pulled up.
The driver offered to give her a lift, but she refused. When he returned a short time later and again offered to give her a ride, the woman got into the car and they drove a distance, chatting normally. She asked the man to turn right towards her workplace but he told her he had to get gasoline.
When she asked to get out of the car again, he produced a craft knife and told her to be quiet or he would cut her. The woman pleaded with him and believed she was going to be raped or killed. “The fear will never leave me,” she said in a statement.
When the vehicle stopped, the woman released her seatbelt and she fled from the car towards her workplace.
Wearing a hat and covering his face, he would not comment on his time in prison, whether he was remorseful, or where he intended to live now that he was free.
Readers should not not confuse the Irish criminal with the Goldman Sachs millionaire also named Philip Murphy, who is using his fortune to try to buy the election as New Jersey’s next governor in 2017.
That predator Philip Murphy could become one of the most reviled men in the state, while the other one is merely a vicious rapist. ‘Moneybags Murphy,’ as the millionaire is called by a group acting on behalf of state Senate President Steve Sweeney, used his wealth and a stint as national finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee to secure an appointment as ambassador to Germany.
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