Spokane, Washington Situations like this next story are a prime example of the problems I have with the “insanity” plea. Instead of landing their sentence doing hard time in prison, those that are found to fit some state’s criteria of insane end up in a state run mental institution with many more liberties than are already afforded in our penile system today. And that’s saying a lot. Prisoners today don’t have it too bad. Those landed in the loony bin have it better. Plus, they don’t have to fuck for their drugs, the nurses just like give it to them. I think anyone that commits a crime punishable by time in jail has to be a little off their rocker thus rendering the “insanity” plea moot. But Phillip Paul’s performance was stellar and he was sentenced to a mental institution years ago yet he was totally in charge of his faculties enough to escape.
In 1987 Phillip Paul was found guilty of the murder of an elderly lady by strangling her, dousing her body with gasoline to throw off her scent, and then he buried her in her flower garden. Why? The voices in his head told him she was a witch. Shit, even I can come up with that line, put a crazy look in my eyes, and totally make myself believe it. It all comes down to determination. And he’s one determined little fucker. And clever. And it’s with his handy diagnosis of “criminally insane” plus a dose of schizophrenia on top, he’s spent every single minute of time in a mental institution instead of prison. Except for the times he got to go on field trips for fun…and then the times he was allowed to work off site…oh, and the times the judge granted him “home” sleepovers.
But the latest…a fair in Spokane in which Eastern State Hospital took some of their residents. This shit is determined on a case by case basis and not on someone’s sentence or “crime”. What better way to top off a perfect day at the fair than split from the rest of the loons and make it on his own. The worse part? The hospital staff that were chaperoning the group didn’t report him missing to the authorities for 2 hours. That really is a whole lot of time considering a timely notification could have led authorities to scour the immediate area. Oopsy. Bad call.
Phillip Paul is believed to have been spotted and there is a chance that he may be trying to hitchhike to Sunnyside, where his parents reside but it’s hard to determine what may be going on in that crazy little head of his. Suffice it to say, the cops are pissed the hospital dropped the ball. I imagine the residents around that area are a bit uptight as well.
Phillip Paul is 5’9″ tall, weighs 207 pounds and is a white guy with brown hair and a goatee. Before he split, he was wearing a pair of blue jeans, a blue T-shirt and had a red windbreaker jacket. If you run across him, do us a favor, don’t take him back to Eastern State Hospital. They suck at their job. This murderer had a 2 hour jump on his escape before the authorities, who are trained and have resources, were notified. Sounds like a fine candidate for prison, not a field trip.
Oh, did I mention? This isn’t the first time Phillip Paul has escaped. The first time, in 1990, he attacked a sheriff’s deputy.
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