PORTLAND, OR — The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Linus Norgren, 24. In 2015, a jury found Norgren guilty of attempted murder and multiple counts of assault following his violent attack on hunter Jeff McDonald. He got 10 years.
At the time, Norgren announced he was a “Sasquatch” and that he came from a “family of Sasquatches.”
Norgren, who suffers from bipolar disorder, appealed his conviction on the grounds that during the incident and his subsequent arrest he was “in the active throes of a psychotic break from reality.” Therefore, according to Norgren’s appeal, when he waived his Miranda rights upon being taken into custody, he was incapable of doing so voluntarily. The court agreed.
On October 3, 2013, Norgren walked naked from between the trees toward Jeff McDonald, who recalled:
“I attempted to talk to him like it was someone with clothes on. Well, I asked him who he was, and he replied very calmly, just as sane as anyone, that his name was Linus Norgren [and] he was a Sasquatch from a family of Sasquatches.”
Norgren then used an “apple-sized rock” to beat McDonald and attempted to strangle him. McDonald said then when he asked why he was doing this, Norgren replied, “Sasquatch kills the hunter!”
McDonald managed to dial 911. He ultimately suffered three broken fingers, a dislocated shoulder, and an eye injury before officers arrived.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy James Wheaton discovered Norgren in a wooded area — passed out, bleeding, and curled naked in a fetal position. The Oregon Court of Appeals cited Norgren’s condition as being “particularly significant to our conclusion that [Norgren’s] waiver of his Miranda rights was not knowing and intelligent.”
In addition, interviews with a mental -health response team backed up Norgren’s assertion that he had suffered a psychotic break.
Main photos: Linus Norgren [Washington County Sheriff’s Office]