Three body parts from an adult, including a foot, were found Saturday in a homeowner’s recycling bin in the Central District, said Seattle police Sgt. Mike Renner.
Homicide detectives were investigating the discovery, made by the homeowner about 4 p.m. near 21st Avenue and East Pine Street.
The body parts, which had been packaged, would have been placed in the bin sometime late Friday or on Saturday, said Detective Patrick Michaud, a police spokesman. He said the bin would have been emptied when recyclables were collected on the block Friday.
Renner described the parts as “fresh.”
Being Seattle, they’re probably going to ticket the homeowner for compostable matter in the recycle bin.
It’s not easy being green.
Seattle is not helping its reputation as the new home of all the fruits and nuts priced out of the Bay Area by insufferable Google baronets. The immediately adjacent story in the Seattle Times was this one:
Escape intensifies concerns about Western State Hospital
State officials say security is being enhanced at state psychiatric hospitals. But while escapes like that of two patients last week are said to be rare, missing patients aren’t so unusual at Western State, and a new report cites numerous lapses in safety.
But the escapee is just some harmless person who needs to be protected from The Cruel World™, right?
Er, not so right:
[Anthony Garver,] accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death … was recaptured Friday night in the Mount Spokane foothills after a two-day, cross-state manhunt that some worried would not end peacefully.
OK, but that was a long time ago, right? And the docs have been working on making him better?
Er, sadly, no. We cheated a bit with the ellipses in the sentence quoted above. Here’s what it actually read (emphasis ours).
[Garver,] accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death in 2013 was recaptured Friday night in the Mount Spokane foothills after a two-day, cross-state manhunt that some worried would not end peacefully.
Well, it must have been some masterminded escape, right? ‘Cause surely they kept this menace under high security, no?
Garver, 28, … crawled out a window of a locked, lower-security unit with another patient, Mark Alexander Adams, 58, who was caught the next day.
Well, at least they were keeping him confined where they isolate these societal pathogens, right?
They are focused on boosting security in Western State’s civil-commitment area, where Garver and Adams recently were transferred from the criminal section, according to a statement from the department. The men were moved because of a change in the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act, the agency said.
Yeah, because nothing is more important than always increasing and extending the rights of depraved murderers. Hey, how deep in this story can a reporter go without naming the murder victim?
This is the first half of Paragraph 10 of the story by Donna Gordon Blankenship:
Garver had been involuntarily committed to Western State Hospital since 2014, when he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on a murder charge in connection with the death of Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez in Lake Stevens.
“In connection with the death of…” that doesn’t sound like a real murder rap. Is it some bogus thing?
Prosecutors said he tied her with electrical cords, stabbed her 24 times and slashed her throat.
That’s the second half of Paragraph 10, and that’s the kind of person the law in Washington State thinks shouldn’t be locked up too hard.
Well, it’s not like his 2013 murder was predictable, right? He just snapped, didn’t he?
Well, if he did, he did it long before:
The last time Garver evaded authorities, in 2009, he had failed to report to prison work release in a weapons case. The search lasted a month before he was found in the woods near Mount Spokane.
Nutcase, or violent criminal with a good line of patter and a better lawyer?
Does it matter?
By the way, that was Paragraph 30 of the story.
Well, at least Garver and Adams are back in
jail hospital, and that means no dangerous nuts are loose, right?
Right, but wrong.
Two other patients took “unescorted leaves” from Western State during the manhunt, officials said. One was on an escorted outing on campus and has not been found.
Maybe it isn’t the nutcases like Garver and Adams that need to be locked up. Maybe it’s the executives of this branch of government, which is here to help you.
Help you get murdered, apparently, and wind up in Sumdood’s recycle bin.
Update II — Victim ID’d, Suspect in Custody
Apparently, one of the body parts in the recycle bin was the victim’s head (and yeah, it was definitely a murder victim and not, say, careless disposal of human remains). The victim was Ingrid Lyne, 40, who’d recently been dating certified bad-boy John Robert Charlton, 37, who has (stop us if you’ve heard this one before) “a lengthy criminal history.”
- Fox News story
- Seattle Times story
Tell us again what’s wrong with a three-strikes law? Ms Lyne would still be looking for bad boys, and Mr Charlton would be hiding from them in a corner of his cell.