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We don’t know mental illness

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It was definitely a juicy story, just made for a splashy headline: “Insane killer escapes,” or “Schizophrenic killer loose.” Phillip A. Paul, committed to Eastern State Hospital after a brutal murder, had gone on a field trip with other patients to the Spokane Interstate Fair. There he simply walked away, unnoticed by apparently uninterested supervisors. After a tense four-day manhunt, he surrendered 180 miles away in Goldendale.

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