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What happened?

Randall Saito, 59, is an institutionalized necrophiliac murderer who eluded authorities for more than three days to make his way from Hawaii to San Jose. Last month, Saito walked out of Hawaii State Hospital on a Sunday and jumped in a taxi to the airport. He flew to Maui by charter plane and then got onto another flight to San Jose, and he wasn’t captured until that Wednesday morning.

How was he caught?

Saito, who was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity for killing Sandra Yamashiro in 1979, was taken into custody at a gas station by San Joaquin County authorities.

“I was just trying to get as much time as possible under my belt to prove my point that I could be in the community without supervision and not be truculent or violent or stupid,” Saito said of the escape.

What are the consequences for the hospital?

Hospital staff waited a shocking eight hours to call 911 and report Saito’s disappearance. An unspecified number of employees were placed on unpaid leave for 30 days after the incident. Public safety officials reportedly conducted a safety audit of the hospital as part of an expansion and renovation plan.

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