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, createdmusic videosand racked up $85,000 incredit card bills.
His escape during a recentfield tripto acounty 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 inWashingtonare asking after the Sept. 17 escape, including the escapee's own brother.
"He is in a bad mental state," saidTom Paulof 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.