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Criminally insane, but out on the street

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 Instead of being straitjacketed and locked away as might be depicted by film or fiction, Paul in the past two decades has spent time living and working in downtown Spokane, fathered a child, created music videosand racked up $85,000 in credit card bills.
 

His escape during a recentfield trip to a county fairexposed a little known truth: The criminally insane often live among us, with little or no supervision.

"Why was he allowed to take such a trip?" an incredulous Gov. Chris Gregoiredemanded. "Why did they go to a location that was so heavily populated with families?"

That's a question many inWashington are asking after the Sept. 17 escape, including the escapee's own brother.

"He is in a bad mental state," said Tom Paul of Sunnyside. "Why would you load him up on a bus and take him to a fair?"

The cops who spent three days hunting and finally catching Paul 200 miles away are also upset.

"I can tell you there was an extreme amount of anger in the law enforcement community," said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich,who plans to bill the state $37,000 for his department's expenses.

But no one should be surprised. Thousands of people have been declared criminally insane in the United States over the decades, and at any given time large numbers of them are not in custody. Paul 
 
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