Four items, the first of which is self-promotion:
A medical student interviewed me on UC Irvine’s independent, underground radio station. Kyle runs the radio program Monkeywrench, which “features music from across the punk spectrum and interviews with activists, artists, musicians, and organizers working to create a better world in Orange County and beyond.” He asked thoughtful questions about my past work with underserved populations and my current job in the jail. You can listen to the interview here.[1. The internet has connected me with interesting, thoughtful, and intelligent people who hold a variety of perspectives. Start a blog; you’ll be pleasantly surprised with who you meet and what you learn.] Then wish Kyle good luck as he starts his fourth year of medical school!
The remaining three are articles I recently read that are related to psychiatry:
- The Nightmarish Online World of ‘Gang-Stalking’ (hat tip: Brock)
Gang-stalking victims describe “complex systems” financed by the US government, employing “civilian volunteers, government agents, contractors, and often dangerous ex-convict felons” to harass people. Gang-stalking functions as a nexus for further conspiracy.
- John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago
On June 21, 1982, a jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting and attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan in a display of romantic devotion to the actress Jodie Foster, who was then 19. Now, after 34 years in residence at St. Elizabeths Hospital, a public psychiatric facility in Washington, D.C., John Hinckley is home.
- Deadly Decision: Malheur County murder suspect feigned insanity for 20 years to avoid prison (hat tip: Scott)
Available records establish that Montwheeler ran a medical con for 20 years, insisting to a string of state psychiatrists and psychologists that he was mentally ill. He did so to evade state prison, where he would be sent if he was convicted of kidnapping his first wife and son in Baker City in 1996. Because he was found to be guilty but insane, he was treated as a patient instead of a convict.