Therapist Slaying Spotlights Risks As Trial Nears

NEW YORK (AP) — A murder case against a schizophrenic man charged with killing a New York City psychologist with a meat cleaver is headed to trial.

Jury selection was due to start Tuesday in the case against David Tarloff. He’s accused of slashing therapist Kathryn Faughey to death and seriously injuring her officemate in February 2008.

Tarloff was planning an insanity defense. That entails persuading jurors that his mental illness was so profound that he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong.

The case has highlighted the rare but sometimes grave dangers of a profession dedicated to helping unstable people. It also reflects the difficulties of assessing and treating serious mental illness, and the legal challenges of mounting an insanity defense.

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  • badman

    my mom was a cosmonaut monkey named Vimka. she came back super intelligent and never did go to jail. put that in your pie and smak it

  • david conant

    dang nab it, what is you sum kinda mind reeder, I waz gust thinkin the same ding dang thing. But you gots it rite last time i waz in jail them gards didnt let us do anything, I wooda loved to go to Marz (I think you spelt marz rong). btw ever sees how you wanta spelt a wurd and you look in the cyclopeda dang it if you dont gotta now how to spelt it. Is that crasy or what??? have a nice day now, dave

  • Nemesis xyz

    The prison system doesn’t work, it’s overcrowded and prisoners do nothing. They should be rehabiliated into Construction Astronauts and shipped off to the Moon and Mars to do physical labor! Tell that to the governor.

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