Mental Disorder and Crime (I)


Crime & Law

Many high-profile cases that have appeared on the news were committed by individuals who allegedly suffered some serious mental disorder. In 2007, for example, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech university campus before taking his own life. He was previously ordered by a judge to seek outpatient care after making suicidal remarks to his roommates (CNN, 2016). Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who fathered seven children with his own daughter while keeping her captive in the basement of the family house for 24 years, suffered from a severe personality disorder according to a psychiatric evaluation (The Telegraph, 2008). In 2012, James E. Holmes opened fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Dressed in body armour, he unleashed tear gas and killed 12 people and wounded 70 other. His defence attorney claimed that Holmes suffered…

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