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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.

Arts and minds at the Tate

Tate Britain is working with the NHS to help people with mental illness

Dangerous schizophrenic 'freed to kill'

Failures in the care of a paranoid schizophrenic who killed a pregnant mother of five were revealed yesterday by an independent investigation which highlighted a series of blunders leading up to the tragedy.

Man drowned daughter in toilet

A schizophrenic was sentenced to 100 years in prison in America for drowning his eight-year-old daughter in a toilet.

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

From the circus to the studio

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.

Bus attack cannibal won't go to jail, says judge

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.

First person: I escaped Scientology after 22 years

John Duignan, 45

Ripper will stay in prison for life, says Brown

It is “very unlikely” that Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, will ever be released, the Prime Minister said yesterday.

Will the Met learn from its 'annus horribilis'?

Scotland Yard ends a year of controversy with a grovelling apology to the man they tried to entrap for Rachel Nickell's murder

Rachel Nickell: A death foretold

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.

Nervous breakdown: Happy survivors

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

Shadow play: How Bloc Party reinvented their sound

When non-stop touring left them creatively shattered, Bloc Party had to reinvent their sound. Gavin Cumine hears how they did it
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