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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Naked Man in Westlake Center Goes Primetime

posted by on March 15 at 0:18 AM

He’s been featured in Last Days since 2003 (scroll down to Sunday) and in Police Beat as recently as last month: The naked man walking around Westlake Center. (NSFW and fundamentally upsetting pic here.)

Last night, he broke through to primetime, earning a mention on Q13 News, whose 10pm broadcast featured the report Naked Man Arrested in Downtown Seattle.

All of the report’s revelations are predictably heartbreaking:

Seattle Police are looking for solutions to deal with a man who continues to walk around nude in Westlake Plaza.

Officers arrested the 46-year-old Seattle man for a 13th time Monday night.

According to police, the man is mentally ill and lives at the El Rey Community Psychiatric Clinic on 2nd avenue and Lenora street in Seattle.

The King County facility is home to homeless mentally ill people.

Police say sometimes the man walks naked over a mile to get to Westlake Plaza.

According to police, the 46-year-old has been arrested 82 times in King and Snohomish counties for trespassing, theft, and indecent exposure.

The 46 year old Seattle man has not been prosecuted for indecent exposure, because, he is incompetent to stand trial.

Full story here.

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It seems that the facility he stays in would keep a closer eye on him. It's surprising that he was able to leave so often. Then again, I'm sure the clinic is probably strained for staff and resources as it is.

And maybe this is because I'm a lesbian, but I'm not sure about his penis. It looks really small. Because he's flacid? Because he's fat?

Posted by Joey The Girl | March 15, 2007 3:11 AM

he's a grower, not a shower.

Posted by konstantconsumer | March 15, 2007 5:59 AM

joey - both.....think of the 3 inches of flab

and honestly - all that blather about hung is about porn stars

ordinary run of mill guys are not hung

Posted by eric | March 15, 2007 7:27 AM
Posted by Patrick | March 15, 2007 7:47 AM

According to police, the man is mentally ill-

That's all we need to know.

Posted by Gomez | March 15, 2007 7:54 AM

"ordinary run of mill guys are not hung"

At least that's what a hooker told me.

Posted by elswinger | March 15, 2007 8:05 AM

Nothing can be done: it would cost too much money to provide decent mental health care and supervision for people like this. It's much cheaper for the taxpayer to arrest him 82 times.

It's no different than health care for the uninsured. Why spend all that money to insure them when it is far more economical to let them use the emergency room?

Posted by elenchos | March 15, 2007 8:43 AM

poor guy. who the hell wants to be known as The Naked Man in Westlake Center? the sadness of this story breaks my heart.

Posted by kerri harrop | March 15, 2007 9:25 AM

It's a sad reminder that our society is unable to cope with people who cannot care for themselves. Thanks Reagan!

Posted by dewsterling | March 15, 2007 9:30 AM


Posted by sniggles | March 15, 2007 9:46 AM

@9 - Please refresh my memory. Why the reference to Ronald Reagan?

Posted by Chip Chipmunk | March 15, 2007 9:49 AM

Reagan pushed for massive cuts in mental health services in the 80's.

Posted by SeMe | March 15, 2007 9:56 AM

He usually isn't wearing shoes either. I can't believe he walks that far without shoes...

Posted by KELLY O | March 15, 2007 10:46 AM

The mental health care thing association with Reagan comes from his term as governor of California (not Washington), when he famously dismantled that state's public psychiatric hospital system. The theory was that incarcerating mental patients was wrong, and that they could be better cared for in community-based outpatient clinics. The reality was thousands and thousands of uncared-for crazy people on the street. Many advocates consider this the beginning of the modern plague of a particular kind of visible homelessness.

This has nothing to do with the Naked Guy, of course. Reagan was never governor here, and whatever happened to public psychiatric hospitals in this state isn't his fault. In the old days, this guy would have been picked up and committed to Western State, where he would have spent the rest of his life tied to a bed. That's the reality of public "psychiatric care".

Reagan's "cuts" to social services during his presidency were mostly imaginary; social services spending actually increased by quite a lot. When you propose a doubled budget, but only get ten percent, that's a "cut".

Posted by Fnarf | March 15, 2007 10:51 AM

I've had some experience with Western State, not as a patient thank you very much. I'm going to venture to guess that the naked guy would rather continue on as he is rather than be sent to that hell hole.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 15, 2007 10:55 AM

I wonder why he keeps going to Westlake Center. I know the fragrance outside the new Lush store is nice - if cloying - but I can think of lots of other places I'd rather wander naked.

Posted by corporate_slave | March 15, 2007 12:23 PM

Re: 16: All my guesses at his motives are soul-crushing, and involve a mentally ill homeless man doing one of the few things he can to make people pay attention to him.

I need a hug, and maybe some Percocet.

Posted by David Schmader | March 15, 2007 12:26 PM

(hey, i want some percocet, too!)

and maybe the guy wanders away so frequently because he's BORED SHITLESS in that mental facility. ever spent any time in one of those? stultifying. just because a person is insane, it doesn't mean he's brain-dead.

Posted by ellarosa | March 15, 2007 12:34 PM

more like bored shirtless, amirite?

Posted by alithea | March 15, 2007 12:44 PM

Oh, and for the record, there is NO RELATIONSHIP between penis size flaccid and erect. Like me, for instance; on a cold day I'm showing less than this guy, but show me a little ankle and BOOM: like a baby's arm with an apple in his fist.

Posted by Fnarf | March 15, 2007 12:45 PM

The "best" thing of this is the link to the full story where the majority sentiment is echoed by a disturbed father who calls for him to be institutionalized. This seems to always be the logical solution in our society where we try and make a certain segment of people (taxpayers of substantial means) comfortable. Out of sight out of mind... How many people actually try to help these days? I'm not saying that much could necessarily be done in this case however if the community is as outraged as it seems to be, couldn't they in fact volunteer their time, their money, to purchase clothes and spend some time with this individual to make sure he doesn't continue this behavior? Let's teach our children to make a difference and take an active role in society rather than how to turn a blind eye and forget anyone who isn't on their "level"...

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