Neighbors Are Skeptical

13 Apr

Neighbors skeptical of progress


PUEBLO, Colo. — When Douglas Comiskey said he obeyed the whisperings of werewolves and stabbed to death two Catholic priests, some thought he would never leave the state mental hospital.

Eight years later, the paranoid-schizophrenic 29-year-old has twice visited his home a block away from where he killed the priests, spends eight hours a day on the streets without supervision and is planning to move to Denver in the next six months.

“He committed a horrible, horrible murder. I just assumed when he was that sick, he would always be at the hospital,” said retired Pueblo District Attorney Gus Sandstrom, who prosecuted Mr. Comiskey and closely watched his progress through the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

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