Insane killer?

Insane killer? Governmental officials want to protect the public from "insane killers". An insane killer on the loose drives fear deep into the hearts and minds. But how does an "insane killer" come to be?

Being the "insane killer's" brother I have seen the other side to the story. It is a story in which I lost a loving, caring brother to mental illness. In high school my brother was very popular. In his early twenties he started seeing and hearing things that were not real. He was diagnosed with a mental illness. Medicine was needed to correct the chemical imbalance in his brain. If left untreated the irrational thought patterns would become more engrained.

Medicine could not be forced upon him because of his constitutional right to let mental illness destroy his brain. Our family could do nothing until a crime was committed. The crime may have never been solved if not for the actions of my mother.

After being sent to a mental hospital my brother was medicated and counseled. Mentally he came back to normal. He was allowed to walk free each day. Then he got a new counselor who determined that he was not mentally ill and took him off medication. He became so mentally ill that the mental patients stated that something needed to be done. The hospital kept letting him walk free each day until one day he did not return. A police officer was hurt capturing my unmedicated brother.

They say he is to blame. Remedicated, my brother came back to a reasonable mental state of mind. Over time my brother was allowed to walk free again, going places hundreds of times with no escort. The "insane killer" even fell in love with the nurse at the hospital. She even came to his home to give him some special care.

At times the mentally ill need their meds adjusted, as was the case with my brother. A major adjustment to his medication was done. He started crying about how the medicine hurt his bones and he became so mentally unstable that I would no longer talk to him, but the hospital took him to the county fair and he walked away. They say he was to blame. Now all the mental patients must pay.

/s/ Tom Paul, Prosser


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