EDISON - Retired Ambassador John Blacken says fugitive George Wright, 68, went by his real name when he was living in the former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau. He says the embassy did not know Wright was a fugitive.
Wright was caught in Portugal Monday, where he went by the name of Jorge Santos and lived with his wife and two children.
He was convicted of killing William Patterson, of Howell, at his gas station in Wall Township back in 1962. He then escaped from prison and carried out one of the most brazen plane hijackings in U.S. history in 1972.Longtime fugitive US hijacker from NJ caught in Portugal