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NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Wayne Staley has been in and out of jails and mental hospitals since he was 10 years old.

People close to Staley... and this case... fear him. That's why, in a recent interview about the case, one person close to the investigation asked we not identify them.

"He's tortured animals. By the records I've seen, he's lit cats on fire," the person said. "He's got family members in hiding because they've tried to get him locked up permanently and the system lets him back out."

Staley was arrested by Dallas police in May 2010 for digging up a woman's corpse and cutting off her foot. He later approached officers with the remains in his backpack.

Staley was sent to a mental hospital. His mother told News 8 at the time he failed to take his medications regularly, so his mental illness got worse.

"These are very violent acts, and it's progressing, and it's going to progress, and society needs to be afraid," the unnamed source said.

News 8 obtained some of Staley's journals. They are graphic.

He writes:

"I love it. When I look into my eyes, I see the devil looking back at me. I want to cut you open and see your insides. I feel like Jeff Dahmer is my mirror mind."

In another passage, Staley writes:

"I'm sick, I guess. That's what they say. I want to tie your intestines around your neck and suffocate your lifeless body."

"He has stated over and over again that he will kill when he gets out, because that is his mission from Satan," the News 8 source said.

Despite pleas from family members and law enforcement, Staley is scheduled to be released from North Texas State Hospital on Thursday. Under the law, there is little that can be done; he can't be kept in a mental hospital for life.

Former District Judge John Creuzot took at look at the case. "Unfortunately, we are doing all the system allows us to do," he said. "The system just does not allow us to do enough, and you have a person like this that is unmanaged and uncompliant out on the streets... he can do anything, and we don't know until he does it."

Creuzot, who sat on the bench as a district judge for more than a decade, said there simply aren't enough caseworkers to keep track of people like Staley and the system is overburdened, so they are released back into our neighborhoods.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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