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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.

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Dangerous schizophrenic 'freed to kill'

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Man drowned daughter in toilet

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Gregory Smart: Eye Blood You, The Empire Gallery, London

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Tim Kendall: Psychiatrists must get under his skin and into his soul

At this stage, we're not talking about Fritzl being treated so he will not offend again. The psychiatrists will be assessing him to see if he's got any serious underlying mental illness, such as schizophrenia, and if he does not, then they'll come to the same conclusion as the psychiatrist who has already assessed him: that he is a very rare and very serious type of psychopath.

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A man who beheaded and ate parts of a fellow bus passenger will not go to prison after a Canadian judge ruled that he was not criminally responsible.

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John Duignan, 45

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Robert Napper's mother warned police in 1989 that her son was a danger to women. Nothing was done. Three years later Rachel Nickell was killed. Yesterday he confessed to the shocking crime

Rachel's killer caught by new DNA techniques

Robert Napper is a convicted killer and sex attacker who has evaded justice for 16 years.

Key dates in Rachel killing probe

The brutal killing of Rachel Nickell turned into one of the greatest unsolved cases of modern times.

Neglectful husband left stuck wife with pies and water

An "overbearing" husband left his wife with three pork pies and some water when she got wedged down the side of the bed, a court heard today.

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Anyone can have a nervous breakdown – high-flyers included. But it doesn't have to mean the end of a contented life, says Sophie Morris

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