Local : Woman in No. Hollywood Slaying Vanishes From Halfway House

From Times staff and wire service reports

A woman who was declared insane after she killed her mother and slashed her daughter’s throat with a razor eight years ago has disappeared from a psychiatric halfway house.

Arlyne Louise Genger, 45, has been missing from Gateway Hospital, 437 N. Hoover St., since Tuesday morning when she was granted a three-hour furlough to visit the bank. She never returned, LAPD detective Bruce Janis said.

Genger has lived at Gateway Hospital since a Van Nuys Superior Court judge last April ordered her released from Patton State Hospital, where she was committed in 1981 after admitting that on New Year’s Day, 1980, she stabbed her mother more than 20 times and cut her daughter’s throat and wrist with a razor in the family’s North Hollywood apartment.

After a fierce court battle during which prosecutors argued she should be kept under tight supervision, Judge C. Bernard Kaufman ruled that Genger was no longer a threat to the community and should be released to a halfway house.


Under the treatment plan, she was required to take part in weekly individual and group psychotherapy and submit to random screening for alcohol and drugs. Genger was allowed to leave Gateway to run errands, work or attend school.