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PODCAST: ‘The Other Side of Paradise’ revisits admitted killer Randall Saito’s escape

Hawaii News Now chief investigative reporter Lynn Kawano hosts 'The Other Side of Paradise,' a...
Hawaii News Now chief investigative reporter Lynn Kawano hosts 'The Other Side of Paradise,' a new podcast from Hawaii News Now.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:34 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In episode 5 of “The Other Side of Paradise,” HNN investigative reporter Lynn Kawano sits down with longtime Hawaii journalist Daryl Huff to talk about admitted killer Randall Saito.

Saito was acquitted by reason of insanity for the gruesome 1979 killing of 29-year-old Sandra Yamashiro at Ala Moana Center. He was committed to the Hawaii State Hospital in 1981 after experts diagnosed him with necrophilia, even while others said he was fit to stand trial.

Questions still remain about how he was able to avoid the murder conviction.

And all those questions were unearthed again in 2017, when he escaped from Hawaii State Hospital and flew to California. He was caught again, but it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of him.

HNN’s “The Other Side of Paradise” delves into the headlines that the visitor bureaus don’t always advertise. You’ll hear from some of the most interesting figures in the legal community and the public as they break down the compelling stories that aren’t often talked about.

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