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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Friday 25 September 2009
Thursday 10 September 2009
Thursday 03 September 2009
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
Sunday 02 August 2009
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.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
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.
Tuesday 28 July 2009
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.
Friday 24 July 2009
Tuesday 14 July 2009
A man who strangled seven pensioners more than 20 years ago today won his appeal against his murder convictions.
Monday 13 July 2009
Sunday 12 July 2009
Thursday 02 July 2009
Thursday 02 July 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
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.
Saturday 06 June 2009
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.
Friday 15 May 2009
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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