Posted by Jan (184.108.40.206) on September 02, 2003 at 01:42:35:
In Reply to: Mr. Hinckley (Would be Reagan-killer) posted by Jan den Breejen (220.127.116.11) on September 02, 2003 at 01:06:26:
' dreamer ' and Idiosyncratic Style, probably with Leisurely Style too:
Trial observer and author of a book on the Hinckley trial, Lincoln Caplan, described the defense's lead psychiatric expert as resembling "Father Time," with his gaunt appearance, shoulder-length hair, and gray beard. For three days, Dr. William Carpenter--in a "smoky drawl" with "meandering answers"--provided the testimony about John Hinckley's troubled mental state that would convince the jury to find the defendant not guilty for reason of insanity.
At the time of trial, Dr. Carpenter was director of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, a professor at the University of Maryland Medical School, and a recognized expert on severe mental illness--especially schizophrenia. Carpenter was educated at Wofford College and at the Wake Forest Medical School.
Dr. Carpenter based his diagnosis of "process schizophrenia" on forty-five hours of interviews with Hinckley conducted over nearly a one-year period. In a "calm, sympathetic, yet clinical" manner, Carpenter told the jury that Hinckley's schizophrenia developed gradually. He became increasingly unable to distinguish external reality from his own internal fantasies. Carpenter concluded that Hinckley felt that he was on an out-of-control "roller coaster." He had numerous destructive impulses, according to Carpenter, but among all of them "the most persistent was the the destruction of Jodie Foster." Carpenter concluded that although Hinckley appreciated the wrongfulness of his conduct "intellectually," but not emotionally.
In 1989, Dr. Carpenter testified in another famous insanity murder case, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs John DuPont.
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