Neighbors Protest Murderer's Release Into Rhinelander Community

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

A convicted killer and rapist is now back living in Rhinelander.

Some of Christopher Sayers' new neighbors are furious he's out of prison, and in their community.

There's not much they can do about his new home at 709 Carr St., but they can peacefully protest.

"My biggest fear is he's going to do it again and the police and probation officer's not gonna get to him in time," said Kris Laursen, who lives a few blocks away.

She has signs in her yard with Sayers' picture on them, also with the word 'murderer" in red letters.

Sayers, 53, spent more than two decades in prison for the sexual assault and death of 79-year-old woman back in 1979.

He's also convicted of sexually assaulting two cognitively disabled women.

"Mr. Sayers is gonna be on a very strict supervision. This is not a case where he will be free to roam around. He'll essentially be confined to the inside of the residence," said Capt. Ron Lueneburg of the Rhinelander Police Dept.

But that's no peace of mind to Laursen.

"Anybody can sit and say, oh you're safe. No we're not safe," she said.

Rhinelander police notified Laursen and other neighbors face-to-face of Sayers' new residence.

"The purpose of it is to have the public be more vigilant and aware, it's to increase people's awareness to their surroundings," Capt. Lueneburg said.

But Laursen plans to do more than just pay attention.

"My life is changing by my getting boxes and moving out of my house. That's the extreme, yes. As soon as I'm down protesting today, then I have to go get boxes and start moving," she said.

But Sayers won't be moving anywhere on his own free will until 2033, when he's released from state supervision.

He's also required to wear a GPS electronic monitoring bracelet 24 hours a day.

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