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Murder And Madness Examined

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Much has been said about the state of mental health care in this country, and how the lack of quality care can lead to violent crime. 

It certainly figured prominently in the Seattle-area murder of Teresa Butz in 2009.  The attack on Butz and her fiancee Jennifer Hopper by Isaiah Kalebu received extensive media coverage in the Seattle weekly "The Stranger." 

Associate Editor Eli Sanders won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on the case, and he felt it deserved a wider audience, one achieved in the book While The City Slept.

Eli Sanders joins us with details of the crime, the investigation, and what, if anything, we've learned from this case and others like it.  

Follow-up: Eli mentioned the charity Angel Band Project, set up to help victims of sexual assault.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.