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Author Mikita Brottman on one man's 'wander through purgatory' in a state psychiatric hospital

Credit: Henry Holt and Co.
Credit: Henry Holt and Co.

Experiencing delusions, Brian Bechtold shot and killed his abusive parents in 1992. The court ruled him “not criminally responsible,” due to mental illness, and sent him for treatment to Maryland’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

He claims he’s restored to mental health. His psychiatrists point to his attempted escapes and original diagnosis to say he’s NOT safe to release. His efforts to prove he’s sane are construed as proof that he’s not.

Psychoanalyst and MICA professor Mikita Brottman tells his story in the new book, "Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder."

Original air date: August 23, 2021.

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