Paranoia of the Millionaire: Harry K. Thaws 1907 Insanity Defense Emil R. Pinta

ISBN: 9781608769889

Published: November 1st 2010

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77 pages


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Paranoia of the Millionaire: Harry K. Thaws 1907 Insanity Defense  by  Emil R. Pinta

Paranoia of the Millionaire: Harry K. Thaws 1907 Insanity Defense by Emil R. Pinta
November 1st 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 77 pages | ISBN: 9781608769889 | 7.45 Mb

The Thaw trial was the first celebrity trial of the 20th century to utilize an insanity plea. As in other famous cases utilizing this defense, psychiatry itself went on trial. With the Thaw fortune estimated at $40 million, the defense hired the bestMoreThe Thaw trial was the first celebrity trial of the 20th century to utilize an insanity plea. As in other famous cases utilizing this defense, psychiatry itself went on trial. With the Thaw fortune estimated at $40 million, the defense hired the best experts money could afford. The prosecution also had its cadre of noted psychiatrists, leading to a well-publicized battle of the experts.

The strategy for the defense, which consisted of raising doubt regarding Thaw s sanity and generating sympathy for him, proved moderately successful. In spite of a vague meaning for brain-storm and a strict legal test for mental responsibility, the jury was deadlocked and did not return a murder verdict. This book examines events leading to Thaw s shooting of White, and provides details of the trial and testimonies of the principal experts.

Drawing largely from psychiatric literature of the early 1900s, Thaw s mental-health history is examined in the context of diagnostic concepts of the time. Possible interpretations in today s nomenclature are presented. Brain-storm, paranoia, and temporary insanity, and their evolutions in current terminology are discussed.



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