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Man who hid child murderer after her escape from prison says he should've called cops


Wayne Seifer and wife, an inmate at Oregon Women's Correctional Center, were separated and not on speaking terms, but he says that didn’t stop her from sending a fellow inmate to his home one Saturday morning unannounced and on the run from state and local police.

That inmate was Diane Downs, a woman who had been sentenced three years earlier to prison for life plus 50 years for shooting her three children and killing one of them.

On the morning of Saturday, July 11, 1987, Downs scaled the 12- to 15-foot-high chain link fence surrounding the women’s prison while guards weren't looking, used clothing to protect herself from the barbed wire on top and jumped down to freedom on the other side.

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