Monday, September 21, 2009

Captured Insane Killer Duped Friend to Escape

I worked as an evening Nurse Supervisor for four years at a facility that housed Developmentally Disabled adults. Although most of them were more like children. Some were violent, some were sex offenders, and some were, well, just plain crazy. They lived in houses that are much nicer than any house I ever lived in and they got to destroy them and their contents on a regular basis. Then, the State would just pay to repair and replace that which was destroyed. Needless to say, I quit. There was a lot of things about that job that bothered me, but the one that really got to me was; How in the hell could they put a facility without gates or fences next to a High School and keep sex offenders there?

SEATTLE — An insane killer who slipped away from the staff of a mental institution during a trip to a county fair was recaptured Sunday, three days after he escaped his monitors — and more than 180 miles away.

With a helicopter overhead and dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement officers swarming around Goldendale, 47-year-old Phillip Arnold Paul walked out to a highway in south-central Washington state just as search personnel arrived at the scene, Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas said.

"He came out of the brush, onto the roadway, as law enforcement officers were going by," McComas told The Associated Press. "His intent was to voluntarily give himself up because he knew we were going to find him."

But Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie D. Knezovich said Paul had just tried to thumb a ride from an area resident who alerted authorities, and seemed to be trying to remain on the loose.

Paul had told a friend in Spokane for months that he was going to be released from the Eastern State State, a mental institution. He went to the friend's house Thursday after escaping during the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Knezovich said in a release.


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