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The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Devastating Examination of Crime and Accountability
     

The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Devastating Examination of Crime and Accountability

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by Willard Gaylin
 

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"A powerful and passionate indictment of the use of psychiatric testimony in criminal cases."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

A year after Richard Herrin confessed to killing his girlfriend, Bonnie Garland, he was found not guilty of murder. His crime, he pleaded, was committed "under extreme emotional disturbance," excusing him from maximum responsibility.

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"A powerful and passionate indictment of the use of psychiatric testimony in criminal cases."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

A year after Richard Herrin confessed to killing his girlfriend, Bonnie Garland, he was found not guilty of murder. His crime, he pleaded, was committed "under extreme emotional disturbance," excusing him from maximum responsibility. He was convicted on the reduced charge of manslaughter.

In this incisive examination of the murder, the trial, and its aftermath, a distinguished psychiatrist addresses the issue of the insanity defense. He shows how psychiatric testimony can distort court proceedings, and brilliantly analyzes the conflict between the individual rights of the accused and society's right to justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140250954
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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A professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, a practicing psychiatrist, and cofounder of the Hastings Center (an institute devoted to ethical issues in the life sciences), Willard Gaylin is the author of eleven books, including Rediscovering Love, On Being and Becoming Human, Feelings: Our Vital Signs, and The Male Ego.

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The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Devastating Examination of Crime and Accountability 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
Even though this is account of a now old murder case, Dr. Gaylin's account of how a predator essentially got away with the obsessive brutal murder of his former girlfriend proposed hard questions about how misplace empathy for the murderer left his victims without justice. This is one of three accounts of this murder. I first read this work 29 years ago. I have not forgotten it.