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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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Report into treatment of cannibal killer released

The treatment of a schizophrenic who was allowed to live as an out-patient and went on to murder a friend and eat parts of his brain will come under scrutiny today

Mind Changers, Radio 4

As I returned from a festival last Monday, questioning my sanity and with beats circling my brain in lieu of sentient thought processes, it was perversely reassuring to tune into Mind Changers and be reminded what a flimsy concept sanity is anyway.

Beheaded baby case: warnings 'missed'

The warning signs were there. Otty Sanchez, a schizophrenic with a history of hospitalisations, wasn't taking medication and was depressed after her son's birth, the boy's father said. A simple request seemed to set her off, alarming him and his family.

Man 'hacked off his neighbour's head and put it in wheelie bin'

A “deeply religious” man hacked off the head of his next door neighbour and put it in a wheelie bin after he heard voices telling him to protect his toddler son, a court has heard.

'Stockwell Strangler' wins murder appeal

A man who strangled seven pensioners more than 20 years ago today won his appeal against his murder convictions.

Medical experts clash over use of 'danger' schizophrenia drug

Caution is killing patients earlier, claims new study by doctors in The Lancet

WI members taste life in UK's roughest jails

Concerned women go behind bars as part of their campaign to keep mental health sufferers out of custody

Unlocked: the secrets of schizophrenia

Scientific breakthrough offers hope of new treatments for mental condition

Patrick Cockburn: I hoped my son would recover soon. He did not

The illness struck with terrifying rapidity over the course of a few weeks

Film about de Menezes premieres in home town

The life story of the Brazilian man shot dead by police on a London Underground train because they believed he was a suicide bomber is celebrated in a film which premieres in his home town this evening.

On The Road: A day in the life of Matemwe beach

It's 8.30am and I'm walking barefoot to work, on sand as soft as white pepper. My job today is to check hotels along Matemwe beach, but the real working day here on Zanzibar's shimmering east coast started just after dawn, when the tide went out to the sound of the muezzin's call for prayer.

Father tried to hire prostitute for 14-year-old

A man who wanted a prostitute to take his son's virginity as a present for the 14-year-old was spared jail today.

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