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A crime of insanity

Author: David Murdock; Miri Navasky; Karen O'Connor; WGBH Educational Foundation.; PBS Video.
Publisher: [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Video, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1994 a paranoid schizophrenic man, Ralph Tortorici, took a class of college students hostage, threatening and wounding one of them. Using excerpts from the actual trial, as well as interviews with Tortorici's father and brother, the defense attorney, chief assistant district attorney, the prosecutor, psychiatric experts, and the presiding judge, this documentary examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Named Person: Ralph Tortorici
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Murdock; Miri Navasky; Karen O'Connor; WGBH Educational Foundation.; PBS Video.
OCLC Number: 123085571
Notes: Documentary.
"FRL72105."
Credits: Produced by David Murdock, Miri Navasky, and Karen O'Connor; written by David Murdock and Miri Navasky; editor, Michele Green.
Event notes: Originally broadcast on as an episode of Frontline, PBS, Oct. 17, 2002.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Other Titles: Frontline (Television program)
Responsibility: WGBH Educational Foundation.

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In 1994 a paranoid schizophrenic man, Ralph Tortorici, took a class of college students hostage, threatening and wounding one of them. Using excerpts from the actual trial, as well as interviews with Tortorici's father and brother, the defense attorney, chief assistant district attorney, the prosecutor, psychiatric experts, and the presiding judge, this documentary examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding the insanity defense.

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