This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Not to second-guess state officials . . . well, maybe this once.
When a psychiatric patient calls himself “the son of Satan,” and the Department of Corrections considers him “delusional, paranoid and dangerous,” it should occur to authorities that the public might want to know he’s escaped from Western State Hospital.
Perhaps people would like to see a photo of the fellow on TV or online so that if they spot him, they could call police and take precautions – especially when their kids play in a park or go to school within a stone’s throw of the psychiatric hospital. If they signed up for emergency alerts, an escape like this is the sort of thing they might appreciate being told about.
Those people, and ones who live in the Lakewood/Steilacoom neighborhoods near Western State or shop at the Albertson’s down the street might be somewhat miffed if they were to hear about Satan Jr.’s escape a few days afterward.
Oh, wait. That’s exactly what happened. Read more »