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Before Montwheeler, Oregon failed to protect the public from a killer found guilty except for insanity

Just east of downtown Portland, Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 overlap near the shore of the Willamette River. Charles Longjaw murdered a man beneath these freeways in 1986. (Bruce Ely / Special to the Malheur Enterprise)

In September 2015, Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board faced a decision with potentially momentous consequences for public safety. Sitting before them in a small hearing room at the state hospital was Charles Longjaw, a 50-year-old killer and rapist judged to be guilty except for insanity.

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