Insane, my ass!

From CNN.com

Attorney Rudolf Mayer said he believed 73-year-old Josef Fritzl had a mental disorder, The Associated Press reported. Mayer said someone who was mentally ill *“didn’t choose” to do what police allege he did.

The hell he didn’t choose. The article goes on to include more from the attorney about how he couldn’t believe someone could do this without having a mental disorder. While that may be true, insanity is a much different diagnosis, so to speak, that insinuates that one is oblivious to what’s going on around him with regard to the crime. He clearly knew what he was doing when he sent his daughter to the hospital. That was all worked out to the minuscule details. Someone who is insane would not do that. Thus, I really hope that the lawyer realizes that and adjusts his plea accordingly.

* (quotes theirs, emphasis mine)

4 thoughts on “Insane, my ass!

  1. There are two types of mental illness: personality disorders, and psychoses. The inability to feel remorse is called psychopathic personality disorder, which is what he probably has (at the minimum.) An insanity plea is only valid if a person can not distinguish from right and wrong. With his meticulous planning and active effort to hide his crime, he clearly knew his actions violated social norms, and thus his guilt is indisputable. He has a right to public defense, but similarly societies should have a right to permanently lock up people who are a permanent threat to public safety. Incarceration is intended to be rehabilitatrive, but psychopaths can not be cured, and thus, besides being obviously deserving of the maximum penalty, public safety dictates he must be kept imprisoned until dies. To engage in this crime for 24 years, he falls into this category. Austrian legislators should amend their laws to allow permanent incarceration of such individuals, at a judges’ careful discretion.

  2. There are actually many more categories of mental illness: DSM-IV

    I cannot speak to his exact disorder as I don’t have access to him to interview, but I can tell you that he is not insane, in the legal sense.

    I do see what you’re saying, though.

  3. There is no excuse or defense for what he did. It was abominable. He knows it, his attorney knows it and we know it. Somebody has to defend him, but I’d be hard-pressed to believe his own attorney doesn’t want to toss him into a vat of acid.

  4. I am firmly against the death penalty but this story of one of the most evil men in modern times pushes me to believe that
    some “humans” are void of all humanity and must not ever be free to inflict extreme harm to all who are decent.
    Send this man back to where he came from…HELL!.

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