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'Fast' Eddie Maher's daughter-in-law tipped off police about thief

Annie Scholz

'Fast' Eddie Maher's daughter-in-law tipped off police about thief

CREATED Feb. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb. 15, 2012

GRAFTON- He's known as "Fast" Eddie Maher-- on the run for decades after a $1 million heist and one of his hideouts was right here in southeast Wisconsin.

An international manhunt with ties to Grafton.  That's where "Fast" Eddie brought his family just a few years ago and where his son started sharing the family secret with a series of women.

Amanda Zignego and Kayla Jacoby were shocked when they heard the man they knew as Michael King is actually Edward Maher -- also known as "Fast" Eddie.  "Just thinking that that's our kids' grandfather is just unbelievable," said Amanda Zignego.

He was on the run for nearly two decades after pulling off a heist in Britain worth about a $1.5 million.

Both of these women were once engaged to Maher's son, Lee King, and had children with him.  An apple that they say didn't fall far from the tree.

"He had a quiet control over the whole family, like he would walk in the room and you would just sense it right away," said Kayla Jacoby.

While Amanda Zignego said of Lee, "he's controlling, abusive, manipulative."

Lee told these two that his family was illegal, but that his dad was an assassin.

"I didn't believe it when I heard it was just kind of end of discussion," said Jacoby.

The family moved around a lot.  They spent two years in Grafton.  Lee even graduated from Grafton High School in 2007.  And the family might have stayed on the run longer, if Lee's now-wife hadn't tipped-off authorities.  Police arrested "Fast" Eddie last week in Missouri. 

A twisted tale that these two wish their kids didn't have to be a part of.  "I have no idea how I'm going to tell them but it's going to come out," said Amanda Zignego.

Amanda and Kayla say they want nothing to do with Lee or his family -- a family that says they will follow "Fast" Eddie back to Britain, if that's where authorities send him.