Convicted Killer Escaped From Group During County Fair Trip

September 18, 2009

Washington (ChattahBox) – Campers had better head back home, or that fireside horror tale might actually come true. Officials have announced that a patient from an insane asylum has escaped, and may be heading back to his hometown.

It may sound like a ridiculous cliche, but Phillip Arnold Paul, an escaped patient from a mental hospital in Spokane, has escaped.  Authorities fear that Paul, 57, could become more unstable and potentially dangerous the longer he remains on the loose without his medications. Paul is a 6’08” white male weighing about 220 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and a goatee.

He has a violent history, and was ordered to remain in the hospital after killing an elderly woman, covering her in gasoline, and burying her in her front garden. He claimed that the voices in his head told him she was a witch, and had to be destroyed.

But what is more shocking than the story itself is how he managed to escape. He, as well as 30 other patients, were on a field trip to a local county fair.

Staff at the Eastern State Hospital reportedly decided to give the patients a treat and take them out. They just failed to alert anyone that they would be going, and apparently felt it safe enough to take a convicted killer along with them.

It was two hours before the staff alerted the hospital, police, or anyone else. One can only assume they had hoped to find him themselves.

While police aren’t sure where Paul has gone, they are assuming he is heading back to the town where his parents live, Sunnyside.

Even that sounds like it came from a bad slasher film.

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