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Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer


 

HALIFAX – A Crown attorney says the unsettling facts in a case involving a man who claimed to be a vampire killer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 have left Nova Scotia’s justice system with a thorny challenge.

Mark Heerema told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court hearing that Glen Race should not be held criminally responsible for fatally stabbing Michael Knott and Trevor Brewster.

But Heerema says it’s important for the court and the public to recognize the complex and troubling nature of the case.

Heerema pointed to testimony from a psychiatric expert who told the court Thursday he’s still troubled by certain “red flags” among the accepted facts.

Dr. Hy Bloom says it was difficult for him to reconcile the fact that Race, apparently suffering from psychotic delusions, had the wherewithal to stab his victims, hide their bodies and then flee to within metres of the Mexican border in two weeks.

However, Heerema says Bloom and two other psychiatric experts concluded Race couldn’t have understood the moral wrongfulness of his actions given his well-documented history of psychotic delusions associated with schizophrenia.

Judge Kevin Coady says he will deliver his decision on whether Race is criminally responsible on Jan. 24.


 
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Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer

  1. We need to bring back hospitals for the criminally insane.

    • I hear some beds have opened up in the Senate!

      THANKS FOLKS I’LL BE HERE ALL WEEK TIP YOUR SERVER

    • What makes you think they ever went away? Alberta Hospital has a forensic wing specifically for people like this.

      • Perhaps I should have said a jail for the criminally insane

        • In your mind, what would the difference be?

          • We have mentally ill on our streets all the time. They’re harmless. They talk to themselves, push grocery carts around, wear tinfoil, collect junk, see visions. They shouldn’t be on the streets because they can’t take care of themselves, and living rough makes their mental state worse. They belong in a home.

            Then there are people like Paul Bernardo. Mentally ill, violent, dangerous, and clever enough to hide it. And Robert Pickton and Clifford Olsen, and Vincent Li who thought he was beheading an alien…..the list goes on.

            They can’t be in society, mentally ill or not….it’s too dangerous. But they’re not your standard ‘bad guy’ who robbed a bank, or shoplifted a TV or got into a fight and killed someone.

            Even locking them up is dangerous….for guards and ordinary prisoners. We can’t kill them. That solves nothing because more always come along. We haven’t advanced from Bedlam in the way we treat them.

            We need to know why they are mentally ill, and see if we can find a way to cure it. End the problem forever

            We need hospitals for the criminally insane…..as secure as a maximum security prison….but with medical staff doing research.

          • Good news for you then – the forensic wing of Alberta Hospital (and other facilities like it) are essentially what you described. They really are, “as secure as a maximum security prison….but with medical staff.”

          • Both really. Alberta Hospital covers a wide breadth of psychiatric patients, including voluntary, medical, AND criminal/forensic (housed in their own separate building) whereas Pinel looks like it handle forensic patients, exclusively.

          • Okay. Thanks.

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