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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Who's Insane?

I can't get this story out of my head. I saw it on the news yesterday. A murderer that was declared insane escaped! How? He disappeared at the county fair. Does that sound crazy to you, too?

Yes, it seems there were eleven guards for thirty-one patients. (We don't call them criminals. That would be rude.) The patients were on a field trip to the fair. I guess it's not nice to keep them isolated. They have rights you know! I'm not sure, (they didn't say), but I'm thinking they were not handcuffed.

Have you ever tried to keep track of one person at a fair? I've looked away for a split second, only to spend 15 minutes trying to find the person I was just standing next to. After all, isn't there an old saying 'lost in the crowd'? There's a reason!

Maybe they assumed that, since they had all these fun-filled field trips, no one would ever want to leave.

The news report said it appeared to have been planned. Apparently, he had been ordering packaged foods. They think he probably loaded them up in his backpack that he wore to the fair. (He doesn't sound so crazy to me.) I suppose he would have felt violated if they had searched the backpack before leaving for the fair. It's normal to pack luggage for a trip to the fair... right?

I've resisted the impulse to investigate his case. I don't know whether it was an 'in the heat of passion' crime, or if he stalked someone and hacked them up with an ax. It doesn't matter. Call me narrow minded if you want; but I don't want someone that murdered someone, and then was found insane, to be riding the Scrambler with my grandkids.

So, since he had the mental ability to plan this escape, does that mean insanity can't be an excuse for it? Will he now, finally, go to prison? That is, if he's captured... hopefully before he strikes again.

So tell me... who's insane here?


SquirrelQueen said...

I couldn't agree more especially since it all occurred here in Washington state. Spokane is about three or more hours away and he was captured in Yakima which about the same distance.

There are quite a few state official apparently asking the same questions. He was on meds and the concern was what he would do when the meds wore off.

Here's the latest story: http://tinyurl.com/mgesno

Lillian Robinson said...

I read the article. Thanks, Judy. I can't believe he was able to evade capture for 3 days! His history does indicate he is a definite threat. I still can't believe they took him to a fair.

Naqvee said...

he wasnt insane , im sure!

Rae said...

Thank goodness he was captured. I imagine the rules will change now, but it is too bad such a risk had to happen first.