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A Generous Grandpa

People who met Paul Clouston described him as a charming old man. The 73-year-old looked like someone's benevolent grandfather with snow-white hair, a bushy white mustache yellowing from heavy tobacco use, and watery blue eyes. He was known as a competent handyman and was always fixing something. He especially liked finding old children's bicycles at garage sales, fixing them up and giving them to local kids. Clouston was also passionate about old cars and Honda Gold Wing motorcycles. He was getting up there in years, of course; his eyesight was getting pretty bad, and he had to take medication for prostate problems. His memory was still very sharp though: he never missed an old western movie on TV and remembered minute details about the plot. He also still spoke pretty good Spanish.

But these people were shocked to find out that Paul H. Clouston - aka Herman L. Clouston, Herman Cloisten, Herman Anthony, Michael Paul Drago, Ray Randolph, and at least 20 other aliases - is the ultimate dirty old man who loves molesting both little boys and girls. He is a convicted cop killer and child molester who violated parole and disappeared without a trace.

Clouston has been breaking the law since the 1950s. He's served time for auto theft, burglary, and general mayhem. He was convicted for killing a California cop in 1972 and served time until his parole in 1982. However, it didn't take long for him to land back in jail for another 11 years.

In 1994, Clouston was indicted on seventeen separate charges. A plea bargain eliminated all but seven charges, but the list of remaining convictions was still pretty impressive: Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Use of Firearm While Committing Abduction, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Abduction with Intent to Defile, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Forcible Sodomy, and 3 Counts of Indecent Liberties with Children. Nine children of both sexes between the ages of seven and fifteen testified against Clouston. They described how he offered them drugs and alcohol, showed them pornography, filmed them having sex with each other and forced himself on them.

Clouston was supposed to serve 20 years but was released on parole in 2005. Before long, Paul Clouston had disappeared into the sunset. Local church members report giving him a ride to the Greyhound bus station in early September 2005. He told them he was going to visit his daughter in Ohio and planned to spend his remaining "golden years" somewhere out West. Paul Clouston is still out there, armed and dangerous.

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