Tuesday, April 24, 2007

"What if killer can't grasp meaning of execution?" Virginia Tech Killer was not PSYCHOTIC!

Here is more Info on this Forensic Psychologist Dr. Lynne Eccelston:
Additionally I found this article that went to press last Monday, yes Black Monday at Virgina Tech when that Monster killed those innocent and promising young adults.  What is so good about this article is that it describes what I believe from my training as an M.D. are killers who better fit your use to the term Psychotic Killer.  It also is short and would be a good reference article for you should you interview any more Shrinks. 
NBC got played for a fool by a Monster and I'm sure that gave the Monster added pleasure in his sick heart and putrid soul. 
Hope you find this useful. 
"What if killer can't grasp meaning of execution?"
  • In the decade before he shot his in-laws dead in the Texas Hill Country, Scott Panetti was hospitalized 14 times for schizophrenia and psychotic delusions. He heard voices and fought with various personalities in his fractured mind. He once planted his furniture in the ground and watered it, believing it to be possessed.
    Yet a Gillespie County jury deemed him fit to stand trial for capital murder in the 1992 slayings, and a judge allowed him to represent himself despite objections from even the prosecutor. Dressed in a purple cowboy outfit with a hat dangling from a string around his neck, Panetti flipped a coin to choose his jurors, ranted incomprehensibly and tried to subpoena everyone from President Kennedy to Jesus Christ.
    The jury rejected his insanity defense and sentenced him to death.
    Every mental health expert to evaluate Panetti agrees he is mentally ill. But on Wednesday, his lawyer, Keith Hampton of Austin, will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to answer a more difficult question: Is Panetti now so insane that he should be spared execution because he cannot grasp the fact that his punishment is the result of his crime?
    Because, while Panetti, 49, understands that his estranged wife's parents — Amanda and Joe Alvarado, of Fredericksburg — were killed and that the state says he is to be executed for that crime, he doesn't believe it. Panetti, known as the "preacher" of Texas' death row, insists the real reason he is to be put to death is that the state, in league with the devil, is trying to silence him from delivering the Gospel to fellow inmates.
    It was left to the states to determine just how condemned killers should be evaluated for mental competency.
    There is no consensus.
  • Silverman said he and other psychiatrists are convinced Panetti's symptoms are real. His view of the murders and the reason he thinks he faces execution have remained consistent since his conviction, Silverman said, and the delusions he suffers now are essentially the same as those he has suffered for decades.
    Silverman said that while Panetti is aware his in-laws were killed while his estranged wife and their 3-year-old daughter watched, he believes an alternate personality named "Sarge Ironhorse" killed them. He also does not comprehend that execution would result in his death because he believes he is immortal, Silverman said.
  • Other recent Texas inmates with severe mental illness already have been executed.
    Kelsey Patterson was put to death in 2004 despite a rare 5-1 recommendation by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles that his life be spared because of his severe schizophrenia. Gov. Rick Perry rejected the recommendation.
    The effort to have a court declare him incompetent was hampered by Patterson's refusal to cooperate, just as Panetti refused to cooperate with mental health experts recommended by prosecutors because he thought they were against him.
    Patterson was so delusional that he insisted his plate of beans was talking to him and that he could not be executed because he had been granted amnesty. In the execution chamber, when asked if he had a final statement, Patterson replied, "Statement to what? Statement to what?"
    "I'm not guilty of the charge of capital murder," he said. "They're doing this to steal my money. ... Give me my rights. Give me my life back."
    Monty Delk's execution in 2002 was similarly bizarre. Delk claimed he was the prison warden and demanded to be removed from the execution chamber. "Get your warden off this gurney and shut up," Delk said. After a string of profanities, Delk blurted, "You are not in America. This is the island of Barbados. People will see you doing this."
    As with Patterson, only the lethal drugs ended his babbling.
    James Colburn, put to death in 2003, suffered from schizophrenia beginning in adolescence, spoke of hearing voices and once complained of a man living inside his stomach. He believed his execution was God's way of punishing him.
This does not sound like the Calculating and Scheming Virginia Tech Killer

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