A field trip to the county fair?!?!?! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!?!?
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Manhunt Intensifies for Insane Killer Who Escaped During Washington State Fair
Friday, September 18, 2009
Print ShareThisSPOKANE, Wash. — Authorities have put out a statewide alert for a mentally ill killer who escaped during a hospital field trip to a county fair, leading to fears that he'll become more unstable and potentially dangerous the longer he is on the loose with no medication.
Phillip Arnold Paul most likely jumped a train and is headed to his parents home in Sunnyside, Washington, authorities told FOX News. Paul checks in with his family daily — and they hope he will continue his previous habit.
Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County sheriff's office says Phillip Arnold Paul remained at large Friday and officials believe he's headed to Sunnyside, the town where his parents live. Anyone spotting him should call 911 and not try to confront him.
Paul was committed after he was acquitted by reason of insanity in the 1987 slaying of an elderly woman in Sunnyside. He soaked the woman's body in gasoline to throw off search dogs and buried the remains in her flower garden. He reportedly said voices in his head told him she was a witch.
He was caught trying to escape four years later, only to knock a deputy unconscious in the booking area following his arrest.
The 57-year-old Paul escaped Thursday during a supervised outing to the Spokane County Interstate Fair for patients from Eastern State Hospital. Thirty-one patients from the mental hospital were on the trip with 11 staff members.
Local officials and fairgoers said they were stunned that mental patients, including at least one with a criminal past, would be taken to the fair.
"I think it's wrong, it's totally wrong," said Jennifer Craig, who was visiting the fair with her husband and grandchildren. "You're putting too many kids and old disabled people like me at risk."
Patients must be cleared by a treatment team of six to 12 clinicians according to an extensive checklist before they can go on field trips to stores, parks, ball games, fairs and other sites, said hospital spokesman Jim Stevenson said. They wear street clothing and need not all stay together, but staff members are required to keep each patient within eyesight at all times.
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"They have gone to the county fair in past years," said hospital spokesman Jim Stevenson.
Hospital CEO Harold E. Wilson told The Spokesman-Review Paul had been "a fairly model patient."
The escape led state Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus to order an indefinite halt to all outings involving criminally committed patients at the state's three mental institutions.
Dreyfus also instructed Eastern State to review the policy on patient outings and a plan to prevent similar problems.
"It's outrageous that security was so inept that a guy who's officially regarded as criminally insane was able to just slip away from the group," state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley told The Spokesman-Review.
It was the second escape for Paul. In 1991, he walked away from custody during a day trip in Medical Lake and was captured at Fishtrap on the western Spokane County line. He attacked a sheriff's deputy in the jail booking area, knocking him unconscious and separating his shoulder, and was convicted of first-degree escape and second-degree assault.
Paul, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was acquitted by reason of insanity after the 1987 killing and committed to Eastern State Hospital indefinitely.
Hospital officials told authorities that Paul hadn't exhibited violent behavior in years. They argued in the past that he should be released, but his petition for release was rejected in 2003.
He was described as 5-foot-8 and 207 pounds with brown hair and a goatee, was wearing blue jeans and a red windbreaker over a blue T-shirt.
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Crazy. This is what happens when they send the murderer to a hospital for treatment instead of to prison where he belongs.
Last edited by CJ810; September 18th, 2009 at 05:05 PM. Reason: grammar
A field trip to the county fair?!?!?! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!?!?
The patients are running the asylum.
I hate insanity pleas. It doesn't matter WHY you did it. If you did it once, you are probably going to do it again. Voices in your head don't make them any less dead.
They took a psychotic murderer on a field trip?
The victim's family needs to contact an attorney ASAP.
I'd be suing the hell out of these idiots.
Interesting. Convicted murderers walk free in "street" clothes, unrestricted other than "must remain within eyesight of chaparones." I wonder if that's a Washington statute. I wonder if the legislators who passed that one are going to get past the next election cycle intact.
Insane Killer On The Loose In WashingtonSpokane to Sunnyside over the next couple of days ... which puts him on a bee-line toward Portland. Great.SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 18, 2009
Insane Killer on the Loose in Wash.
Vanishes During Field Trip to County Fair; 2nd Escape for Man Who Said Voices Made Him Kill Woman, Bury Her in Garden in 1987
(CBS/ AP) Authorities searched by air and land Friday for a criminally insane killer who escaped during a mental hospital field trip to a county fair that has infuriated residents and officials around Washington.
Authorities have said they believe Phillip Arnold Paul is heading to the Sunnyside area, where his parents and many siblings live. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office launched a helicopter on Friday in the search, and the public was urged to call 911 if Paul is spotted.
"He is in a bad mental state," his brother, Tom Paul, told The Associated Press. "Why would they load him on a bus and take him to a fair?"
That's a question many are asking.
Authorities at Eastern State Hospital are being criticized for allowing Paul to visit the fair despite his violent criminal past and history of trying to escape. Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard has called it unacceptable, and the state Department of Social and Health Services ordered an immediate end to such trips and launched an investigation into the field trip.
Paul was committed after he was acquitted by reason of insanity in the 1987 slaying of an elderly woman in Sunnyside. He soaked the woman's body in gasoline to throw off search dogs and buried the remains in her flower garden.
"Why was he allowed to take such a trip?" Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday. "Why did they go to a location that was so heavily populated with families?"
Thirty-one patients from the mental hospital were on the trip with 11 staff members. Patients must be cleared by a treatment team before they can go on trips to stores, parks, ball games, fairs and other sites, said hospital spokesman Jim Stevenson. They wear street clothing and need not all stay together, but staff members are required to keep each patient within eyesight at all times.
Members of an employees union put out a statement saying they had long opposed such field trips.
"They believe he was an extreme escape risk and the administration should never have allowed him on the field trip," the statement from the Washington Federation of State Employees said. "The workers have unsuccessfully fought to stop the outings for murderers, rapists and pedophiles committed to the hospital as criminally insane."
The union said workers alerted superiors "within two to three minutes of discovering Paul's escape." But administrators waited nearly two hours before calling law enforcement. That gave Paul plenty of time to disappear.
A handful of schools in the fairgrounds area were in temporary lockdown on Friday morning, but that was lifted because he is widely believed to be heading to Sunnyside to see his family. Sunnyside is about 200 miles southwest of Spokane.
Paul is a white male, 5-foot-8, 220 pounds, with brownish-gray hair, blue eyes, and a goatee. At the time of his escape, Paul was wearing a red windbreaker jacket, with a T-shirt and jeans.
Spokane County authorities say Paul has been without medication for at least 30 hours, but report his medication administered within the past two or three days should keep him stable for up to 14 days, reports CBS affiliate KREM.
His brother said Paul was a high school and junior college wrestler and a martial artist who should not be approached.
"I'm a tough guy but I wouldn't take him on," Tom Paul said. "I hope he doesn't hurt anybody."
This was the second escape for Paul. In 1991, he walked away during a day trip in Medical Lake and was later captured. He attacked a sheriff's deputy in the jail booking area, knocking him unconscious, and was convicted of first-degree escape and second-degree assault.
Phillip Paul had a normal childhood in Sunnyside and was popular, but he started acting strangely as a high school student. He said he was hearing voices and thought they were witches, Tom Paul said. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Phillip Paul has been on and off a variety of medications over the years, and also been in and out of institutions, Tom Paul said. He has repeatedly proven unable to live in society, he said.
Paul was living in a halfway house in Spokane last year, but ended up back at the hospital in a very agitated state, Tom Paul said. Hospital officials told authorities that Paul hadn't exhibited violent behavior in years. They argued in the past that he should be released, but his petition for release was rejected in 2003.
They need to fire everybody above bed pan dumper in that place
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
They need to lock up the liberal judge who put him there, and the administrators who let violent offenders go out on field trips and the people who let him get away and everybody involved in waiting for hours to call the authorities, that was entirely CMA activity.
I almost threw my shoe at the TV when I heard this story on the news.
One thing they glossed over in the above story is that his medication wears off completely in 48 hours and then...guess what? -
He reverts back to being an insane predatory killer again.
They had better catch him pretty doggone quick.
I hope they catch him before someone gets hurt.
Who's to say when it'll affect him. Better safe than sorry. Catch him now, or very quickly. If I see him, I'll be reporting him. If he goes sideways near me, he goes face-down now ... or very quickly.Spokane County authorities say Paul has been without medication for at least 30 hours, but report his medication administered within the past two or three days should keep him stable for up to 14 days, reports CBS affiliate KREM.
Just another day in the city.
He need re-medicated with lead, it don't wear off!!!!
An ounce of lead is worth 200lbs of cop.
I don't know what meds he was on. They didn't say in the report that I saw but, they did give the 48 hour time.
Sure hope that some innocents don't die because he needed to go "ride the rides" with the kiddies and enjoy a sno-cone, a corn dog, and some cotton candy.
Hey, even criminally insane murderers have a right to a yearly elephant ear.
Yeah, he's got the whole area all shook up. Nobody knows what he will do or where he will go. Duh, he's insane...
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD