Insane killer escapes on trip to county fair

"SPOKANE, 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.

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. Reagan said 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."

Honestly, he doesn’t sound like the type of person who should be going on a trip to the county fair…

I live here in Spokane, don’t think we are not taking very vocal action on this. I am the first one on the bus for compassion, but there is a serious disconnect happening when he has prior history of escape on an outing, and the state hospital takes him to the fair with 30 other patients and give him fifty dollars to spend.
My kids were there the day before on a field trip…:frowning: I work so hard every day to protect them and then the folks in positions of trust do something like this.

And they keep telling me that the government can run our health care soooo much better.
this is so fustrating…:mad:


I was thinking about the other visitors when I read this story.

Why would anyone in his right mind think it a good idea to take homicidally insane criminals on field trips to mingle with the general public? :banghead:

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