Psychologist testifies mental illness diminished Makinen's responsibility
There are 2 comments on the Worcester Telegram & Gazette story from Dec 15, 2011, titled Psychologist testifies mental illness diminished Makinen's responsibility. In it, Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that:
An expert witness for the defense testified today that Benjamin L. Makinen was suffering from a mental illness when he stabbed Shelleigh Wilcox to death in 2008, and was therefore not criminally responsible for his actions.
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#1 Dec 15, 2011
If the state finds that Makinen is not criminally responsible for his actions then by basic logic that means that the representatives of the state are criminally responsible for the murder of Shelleigh Wilcox since Makinen's condition was well known to them while he was under their care.
Any other conclusion is insane. What kind of a crazy system is it when a sick patient is under the care of a medical professional and the professional disavows all knowledge and responsibility of what happens due to the malady that the patient is being treated for?
Perhaps in a room full of medical and legal professionals, Benjamin L. Makinen may be the sanest one of the bunch.
All the sincere clinical studies in the world are for nothing if mental health professionals cannot keep society safe from known dangers such as Benjamin L. Makinen.
I spit on psychologist Paul D. Zeizel and any others like him who take money to confuse jurors so that murderers can game the system and not be held responsible for what they do.
The study of why humans do what they do is the most important science there is. It holds the key to mankind's ultimate survival. Or we can just fiddle while Rome burns.
#2 Aug 6, 2015
I knew Ben Makinen when he was a child (age 3 to 5). I remember him: born premature ~ small and slight in stature. He was delayed cognitively and shy in nature. Raised by nurturing parents and supportive family. When i heard of the horrible murder in Worcester, I was shocked. Could this be the same Ben Makinen? Then, I saw that he had Schizophrenia. As a mental health professional, i know how this mental illness works. Onset, late teens early 20's. Medication helps reduce voices, paranoid thoughts, psychosis. Off medication, a person can lose touch with reality and when a paranoid person responds aggressively...(in rare cases tradgedy occurs). BECAUSE Schizophrenia occurs most often during early adulthood, parents and professionals monitor the illness; but can often not for see a risk of violence. There was no reported history of violent behavior. This was random. Both families are left with sadness and loss. Why the need to blame anyone...its a tragic situation.
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