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    OR - Frederick 'Fritz' Hayes, 57, dies in machete attack, Lake Oswego, 17 Sept 2012

    The victim was a recently retired engineer, attacked in his home in a very upscale suburb. His wife was not injured in the attack, and there is no known connection between the (name as yet unknown) suspect, who remains at large, and the victim. The suspect is described as a thin, white male with a beard wearing a "head wrap."

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg..._recently.html
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    This was a very brazen attack!I am sorry for the lost of Mr.Hayes-but am glad his wife was not hurt

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    Suspect named


    Erik John Meiser
    Suspect has been named and is NOT in custody............

    http://www.katu.com/news/local/Suspe...170619626.html
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    Apparently the suspect is covered in neo-nazi tattoos and is known to travel on foot and public transport and be heavily armed with knives. I hope they catch him soon.

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    Oh SHOOT. I just saw this--memorial for the victim...he was Jewish. Could this have been a hate crime? So seemingly random and personal, but considering the perp is tatted up with nazi symbols, it would be one hell of a coincidence.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg..._river_default

    Also I just noticed that the murder itself took place on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Could that be a coincidence too, or was the perp stalking a Jewish family to terrorize them on their important day?

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    Update! They got him:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg..._river_default

    I'm surprised he wasn't farther away by now. Great coordination between police departments and sounds like there were some helpful tips coming in. Glad this guy is off the streets, hopefully for good this time.

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    April 2016:

    Lake Oswego machete murder suspect deemed fit for trial; possible state hospital release a concern

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg...der_sus_1.html

    A man accused in the machete killing of a Lake Oswego homeowner during a 2012 burglary has been declared by a judge Monday to be mentally fit to stand trial, but his attorneys and prosecutors are now concerned he may be soon be forced from the Oregon State Hospital which could lead to him reverting back to a psychotic state.

    Since his arrest in the September 2012 killing of 57-year-old Frederick "Fritz" Hayes, Erik Meiser has been sent to the state hospital in Salem at least three times for treatment for diagnosed schizophrenia or an evaluation. His latest stretch at the state hospital started in March 2014. Meiser was last determined to be unable to aid and assist in his own defense in January.
    Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Chris Owen said in court that he and Meiser's attorneys believe only the amount of time he has been found mentally fit for trial while held at the state hospital should count, but hospital officials have told them they are counting the entire time he has been held since 2014.

    Meiser, 41, would be held at the Clackamas County Jail if released from the hospital, but has previously not taken his medication while in jail custody. Two psychologists, including one who works for the Oregon State Hospital and last evaluated Meiser in February, testified Monday that Meiser told them in interviews that he would not take his medication if he were sent back to jail in order to see if the voices in his head become louder.
    Judge Eve Miller scheduled a May 2 hearing for the prosecution, defense and representatives of the state hospital to argue the issue. A trial date will be set at that hearing. Meiser's attorneys also filed a motion on Monday requesting an order directing the Oregon State Hospital to conduct a guilty except for insanity evaluation on their client.
    I can't find anything on the hearing that was scheduled to take place last May.

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    Wife of Lake Oswego man murdered with machete takes stand in suspect's trial

    http://katu.com/news/local/wife-of-l...suspects-trial

    After five years of mental health evaluations and court battles, a California man charged with murdering of a father and husband near Lake Oswego will finally go on trial.

    Prosecutors contend Meiser’s mental illness wasn't the main reason for the killing, and that instead it was a brutal robbery.

    The judge hearing this case will decide whether Meiser was insane at the time of the killing. The trial is expected to last about a month.

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg...urder_tri.html

    Erik Meiser should be found guilty except for insanity, defense attorney Jenny Cooke said during the trial's opening statements in Clackamas County Circuit Court. Meiser was faced "with the impossible choice of his children's survival and the demands of the voices in his head" and shouldn't be held criminally liable for the death of Frederick "Fritz" Hayes Jr.

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    But prosecutors contend Meiser, 42, made conscious choices despite his mental illness to break into the home Hayes, 57, shared with his wife in an attempt to rob them and kill Hayes after it appeared he wouldn't be getting any money. Meiser told investigators that he sought $40,000 and felt he needed the funds to move his family into a condo and prevent his children from being turned into cannibals.

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    Judge to decide fate of man on trial in Lake Oswego machete killing

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-osweg...of_man_on.html

    A Clackamas County judge said Tuesday that she'll need two weeks to issue a verdict in the case of a man who entered an empty Lake Oswego home in 2012 and killed one of its owners with a machete when the man returned.

    Judge Katherine Weber heard closing arguments in the trial of Erik Meiser, which started August 1. He is accused of stabbing Frederick "Fritz" Hayes to death after breaking into the home Hayes shared with his wife.

    Weber said she plans to announce her verdict on Sept. 15.


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    Erik Meiser convicted of murder for killing Lake Oswego man in 2012

    http://www.kptv.com/story/36531991/e...go-man-in-2012

    Erik Meiser has been convicted of murder for killing 57-year-old Frederick “Fritz” Hayes Jr. in Lake Oswego in 2012.

    The judge delivered the verdict in court Thursday afternoon. Meiser had been facing the charge of aggravated murder, but he was found guilty on the lesser charge of murder.

    Meiser was also convicted Thursday on the charge of second-degree burglary. Additionally, he was found guilty except for insanity on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary.
    Sentencing is scheduled for November 6th.

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    Machete attacker convicted of murder sentenced to state hospital, prison

    A machete-wielding burglar found guilty last month of killing a Lake Oswego-area homeowner in 2012 received a rare sentence Tuesday that could see him split time between the Oregon State Hospital and prison.

    Erik Meiser, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, was sentenced in Clackamas County Circuit Court to concurrent sentences of life in prison with a minimum of 25 years and up to 20 years under the supervision of the state's Psychiatric Security Review Board.

    He will start his sentence at the state hospital. But if he is released at any point, he will go to prison, said Chris Owen, one of the county prosecutors on the case.
    http://katu.com/news/local/transient...life-in-prison

    "Erik Meiser, you had no right to enter our home. You didn't even know us, but chose to vent your anger at society on us. You gave up your rights when you entered our home. You butchered an innocent man for nothing," she said. "As far as I'm concerned, your life has no value, and you are indeed a failure. "

    After Meiser was sentenced, Maggie told KATU the punishment was exactly what she was hoping for. She said she and her family will live their lives and not waste any more time thinking about him.



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