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How to Justify Premeditated Murder

Posted by feww on April 2, 2010

Serial No  1,525. If any posts are blocked in your country, please drop us a line.

Submitted by an “Irish Granny” via Blogger TEAA

Quote of the Week:

He thought his wife was an imposter

If the incident wasn’t so tragic, you’d be holding your stomach, ROFL

The defense doesn’t dispute that Blazej Kot, 25, murdered his wife Caroline Coffey, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, but Kot suffered from a psychiatric disorder known as “Capgras delusion,” which made him think his 28-year-old wife had been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. —Joe Joch, the murderer’s defense attorney.

“You have to be willing to learn about mental illness and how it presents itself [if Kot is to get a fair trial,] Joch told the jury.  “There is no simple explanation. The explanation is found in the human mind as it descends into the abyss.”

How come murderers who hide behind some sort of insanity plea always get “smart” attorneys? Would Joch buy that defense tactic, if his own daughter had been brutally murdered?

The Defense Attorney

Blazej J. Kot’s attorney Joe Joch questions jurors Tuesday morning in Tompkins County Court. Credit: SIMON WHEELER/The Ithaca Journal. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Murderer

The murderer, New Zealander Blazej J. Kot, is led to the court by an Ithaca trooper. Credit: SIMON WHEELER/The Ithaca Journal. Image may be subject to copyright.

Kot who has been charged with murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence, led police on a eight-kilometer, high-speed chase . Not bad for a mentally ill to arrange all that.

The Murder Victim

Caroline Coffey, courtesy of her personal website (Cornell Daily  Sun)
Caroline Coffey, courtesy of her personal website (Cornell Daily Sun).
Caroline Marianne Coffey was
described as “very kind and very smart.” Image and caption submitted by TEAA.

Caroline Coffey was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University.

IF MR KOT IS AS SICK AS HIS ATTORNEY CLAIMS HIM TO BE, SHOULD HE NOT BE PERMANENTLY LOCKED UP TO PREVENT HIM FROM KILLING AGAIN?

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