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Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer

September 13, 2016

By David Walker

© MCNAIR EVANS

For a story about a recluse who killed two men, McNair Evans spent about a week near Fort Bragg, meeting family members and law enforcement officers from the case—the sheriff’s deputies took him on a five-hour hike to the place where Aaron Bassler hid out.

State governments face legal and ethical challenges in deciding what to do about mentally ill citizens who pose a threat to public safety. California Sunday Magazine recently explored the subject in a story called “Man in the Woods,” about a recluse who killed two men in separate encounters in the woods near Fort Bragg, in northern California. The ensuing five-week manhunt...

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