A man who was mutilated at age 7 in an attack that was instrumental in adoption of the nation's first law for indefinite confinement of...
TACOMA — A man who was mutilated at age 7 in an attack that was instrumental in adoption of the nation’s first law for indefinite confinement of sexual predators has died in a motorcycle accident.
Ryan Alan Hade, partial to daredevil sports and especially fond of his grandmother, died June 9 when his recently purchased yellow Suzuki motorcycle collided with a pickup near Yelm, Thurston County, friends, relatives and law-enforcement officials confirmed.
Hade was known to relatively few as the victim of a grisly attack in 1989 that made national headlines. A convicted sex offender, Earl Kenneth Shriner, was sentenced the following year to 131 years in prison for ambushing and raping him, cutting off his penis, stabbing him and leaving him for dead in a Tacoma park.
Legislators cited the case in adopting the nation’s first state law to allow indefinite civil confinement of sexual predators, noting that Shriner had a 25-year history of perversion and violence against young people.
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Now 55, Shriner remains in prison.
Hade underwent reconstructive surgery and was in counseling through age 13. When middle-school classmates began asking whether he was the boy who had been attacked by Shriner, he switched to New Horizon School in Renton to get more attention for dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
He completed the ninth grade while living with his father, Lowell Hade, in Roseburg, Ore., then returned to Tacoma, later enrolling at Bates Technical College to learn upholstery.
Hade left home at age 18, became interested in real-estate investing and bought, renovated and sold one home in Tacoma and another in Spanaway, Pierce County.
His mother, Helen Harlow, said Hade supported himself with such work, upholstery jobs and a monthly stipend from a trust fund she formed with donations from the public that at one point reached nearly $1 million.
At the time of his death he was living in a mobile home on seven acres in Roy, Pierce County, and looking for a one-story duplex in Tacoma for himself and his grandmother, Betty Foote of University Place, Pierce County. She said he wanted to spare her knees the strain of going up and down stairs in her current home.
Hade remembered few details of the attack and rarely talked about it, but until two or three years ago he would become tense, irritable and physically ill each year around the anniversary of the harrowing episode, friends and relatives said.
Hade enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding and skydiving, recently got a flying lesson from a cousin while visiting Illinois and not long ago bought a 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am to overhaul, calling it a “chick magnet,” Harlow said.
“He survived something that was extreme and consequently he lived his life extreme,” Harlow said. “You cheat death once, you figure you can cheat it just about any time you want.”
“He always talked how life was short, you’ve got to make every day count,” said Chris Kunkel, who considered Hade his best friend. “That’s really what he did, make every day count …
“He worked every day to make sure his life had meaning.”