SUSPECTED serial killer Larry Murphy has fled Ireland again after spending three weeks holed up in Dublin hotels.
Authorities here breathed a sigh of relief today after the rapist left the jurisdiction without incident.
But police in France are now on high alert after it was reported that Murphy (46) had decided to relocate to Paris for the moment.
Since being freed from jail last year he has moved around Europe staying in both Amsterdam and Spain for extended periods.
He was forced to return home last month to apply for a new passport. The Herald understands that he spent most of his time here in self-imposed isolation.
Sources indicated that he stayed at a number of north Dublin hotels and B&Bs, moving whenever his identity was revealed.
Such is his notoriety now that he rarely ventures into public except to buy cigarettes.
He received a new passport on Wednesday and quickly moved to leave Ireland.
On Thursday night, the so-called Beast of Baltinglass quietly skulked back out of Ireland on a ferry from Rosslare Harbour.
Dressed in a dark jumper, baseball cap and sunglasses he was dropped off at the ferry terminal just in time for a departure to Cherbourg.
It is understood that he then took a train from Cherbourg to Paris. Once in the French capital he felt relaxed enough to ditch his dark clothing.
He was reported to be circulating in a seedy part of the city, not far from the red-light district.
Murphy remains the chief suspect for the disappearance of several Irish women in the 1990s.
He has been linked to the cases of Annie McCarrick (26), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Deirdre Jacob (18) all of whom went missing without trace.
He has served 10 years in prison for the horrific rape and attempted murder of a Carlow businesswoman, but was released last August.
He did not undergo any significant rehabilitation treatment while behind bars and detectives feared that he may strike again.
Reports say that Murphy appeared nervous and shifty during his 20-hour ferry trip to France. He had arrived in Ireland on May 25 using a budget flight that was packed with young girls returning from a school trip.
This time he opted for the ferry where he sank a pint of Guinness and avoided any contact with other passengers.