Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Freed Madman Slays Doctor
He Butchered a Shrink,
Doctors Didn't Believe
He Would Be Violent.
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Law Protects Psychos
Public Put at Risk.
The savage murder of therapist Kathryn Faughey by the obviously demented David Tarloff raises the issue of why Tarloff, a known schizophrenic, was not confined in a state mental hospital?
Published reports indicate he has been mentally ill at least since 1991, and that he has had numerous clashes with the authorities. His most recent scrape with the law, the Sunday Post reported, came February 1, just eleven days before the murder. He had punched a security guard at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Rockaway when he was not allowed to see his mother, who did not want to see him.
The Times has an exhaustive well-researched story on the case which appeared Monday on page A1, column 1, then jumping to B5. This is sensational placement for a local murder not involving celebrities. The story is long because beside recounting the crime, it also discusses why Tarloff was repeatedly found to be sane. The headline, BEFORE MURDER, TROUBLED QUEST TO FIND MOTHER, The by-line: by Cara Buckley and Al Baker, former Albany reporter; the lede:
"In the eight and a half months before his arrest in the fatal stabbing of a Manhattan therapist, a Queens man became so obsessed with his institutionalized mother that his father kept moving her from nursing home to nursing home, a law enforcement official said on Sunday.