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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Paperback review: Breakdown, By Sara Paretsky

A group of teenage girls holds an initiation ceremony to the Vampire Society in a Chicago cemetery at midnight.

Anti-social neighbours are the main dealbreakers for homebuyers

Meanwhile, second report shows less than half of the UK trust their neighbours

Postcard from... Düsseldorf

Not all Germans show unwavering respect for authority. “Court Case Dieter” as he is nicknamed, has spent nearly half his life actively loathing it. The 77-year-old  retired sports teacher has been in court  a record 230 times for insulting establishment figures.

Genetic tests may help bipolar disorder patients

Scientists have identified a group of patients with a genetic predisposition to mental illness, opening up for the first time the prospect of personalised medicine in psychiatry.

Review: The Gamal, By Ciarán Collins

The idiot's guide to Irish love stories

Handwritten notes of 10 and 11-year-old boys who plotted to rape and kill their 'really annoying' classmate read to court

Note was found in one of the boys’ backpacks after the pair had been caught with a knife and a semi-automatic handgun at their elementary school

Smoking could be a sign of psychiatric illness

Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder

Doctors advised to refer patients who smoke to mental health services after major medical study

Former BBC reporter, Russell Joslin, who is believed to have killed himself

BBC apologises to family after sexual harassment 'suicide'

Corporation will set up a confidential helpline for workers worried about harassment

Dale Cregan is accused of four murders, including those of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone

'The night I shot David Short I had the best sleep of my life': One-eyed police killer Dale Cregan fantasised about decapitating victim, court told

A man who admitted killing two unarmed female police officers fantasised about decapitating another of his victims, a court heard.

Are universities doing enough to support students with mental health problems?

Statistics show students are struggling with mental health more than ever. Is your university doing enough to provide for your welfare?

Classical: The sound of the underground

Steinway & Sons' London showroom has long been a mecca for piano virtuosos. Now its previously hidden rehearsal rooms and workshops are being opened for a unique immersive experience. The Memory Of WT Stead has been devised by London-based artists Christer Lundahl and Martina Steitl and pianist Cassie Yukawa, who will play György Ligeti's Etude No. 16, Pour Irina and Bach's Fugue In A Minor for six visitors at a time.

Questions raised over ‘truth serum’ interview for suspected Aurora shooter James Holmes

A Colorado judge has given permission for James Holmes, the suspected Aurora shooter, to be interviewed using intravenous injections of so-called "truth serum" if the defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

Beautiful people are seen as good looking even if they distort their faces into grimaces of disgust, surprise, fear or anger - or that's the theory. Judge for yourself with Pink, Bill Clinton, And Murray and Mila Kunis

Does real beauty even shine through a grimace?

Or doesn't even a smile help unattractive people? Portsmouth university researchers say they have found the answer

Screen chemistry: Jude Law and Rooney Mara in ‘Side Effects’
Craig Bellamy has been on Olympics duty

Craig Bellamy wants to be 'one of the greatest managers to have ever lived'

The Cardiff City striker is looking beyond his playing career

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells