Unformatted text preview: bath tub. Gates had schizophrenia, a common yet severe mental disease. In this case, there were telltale signs of insanity causing her to commit this crime. She had several attempted suicides, and classic symptoms. The story of Donna Willey provides another good example. She also had schizophrenia. She would hear voices, dismembered bodies, and thought demons were communicating with her. Currently 2.5 million Americans are afflicted with schizophrenia. They didn’t choose the disease, so we should we cast them as guilty? Their inability to tell the difference between reality and non-reality shouldn’t be confused with evil....
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- Spring '06
- Psychology, Insanity defense, Andrea Gates