Tried for a week and found the problem. Kingo 1.2 has an error in one of the scripts. You need to download 1.1.8 and it works flawlessly. Had my phone rooted and safestrap recovery up and running in less than 3 min.
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Samsung Note 3 - Xposed modified Kit Kat NC4
Samsung GT-I815 - PAC-man 23.0.0