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Zvi Gur, Israel’s longest-serving prisoner, dies 41 years after murdering boy

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Zvi Gur, who served 41 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of a young boy, died on Friday of cancer at age 74, four years before he was set to walk free.

Until his death, Gur was the longest-serving prisoner in Israel. On Wednesday, a parole board had granted him early release on medical grounds but agreed to a prosecution request to delay the move.

Gur was arrested in 1980 for kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Oron Yarden. He kidnapped the child near his home in Savyon and demanded a hefty ransom, which he received from the Yarden family.

Gur was captured two weeks later when he deposited the money in a bank account and a teller recognized the serial numbers on the bills, which had been marked. After his capture, Gur showed police where he had buried the boy’s body in Netanya.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and an additional 34 years for kidnapping and blackmail. In 1985, Gur was allowed to paint unsupervised on the outer walls of the prison, and managed to escape. He was captured six days later after a massive........

© The Times of Israel

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