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The Australian police have finally captured Malcolm Naden, who went on the run in 2005 for the killing of his 24-year-old cousin Kristy Scholes.

The most wanted man in Australia attracted admirers for his survival abilities - he reportedly killed kangaroos and other wild animals to eat. His story attracted a grudging fascination for his capacity to hide in the often lethal terrain of the Australian Outback for so long and make it his home.

Police found Naden bearded, barefoot and wearing muddy clothes. The 38-year-old former abattoir worker narrowly evaded capture in December when police raided his makeshift camp near Nowendoc village, New South Wales.

An unparalleled allure surrounds fugitives such as Naden as the larger-than-life examples of Britain's Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and Venezuelan self-styled Marxist revolutionary Carlos the Jackal show.

Perhaps the most famous fugitive of all time is al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden. Only a few months after the 9/11 attacks, the jihadist leader seemed to be cornered close to the Pakistani border. He miraculously escaped from an American attack in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan in 2001 to go on the run for almost 10 years. Navy Seals and CIA operatives ultimately shot and killed him in Pakistan in 2011 before dumping his body at sea.

Another legendary bandit is Whitey Bulger, a Robin Hood-style social bandit, who inspired the memorable character of John Costello played by Jack Nicholson in Scorsese's The Departed. He escaped justice for 16 years until his arrest in Santa Monica in 2011.

Cosa Nostra godfather Bernardo Provenzano holds the record for years on the run - 43 - most of them in hiding on the small island of Sicily. Many believe the Italian authorities played a role in keeping the "Boss of Bosses" hidden for so long.