Monday, December 5, 2016
Pedro Hernandez: New York: Bulletin: False confession case. Ongoing trial...New York Daily News: "Accused Etan Patz killer diagnosed with personality disorder that makes him prone to delusions...A psychiatrist said he diagnosed Pedro Hernandez (c.) with "schizotypal personality disorder," which makes him vulnerable to delusions. A psychiatrist said he diagnosed Pedro Hernandez (c.) with "schizotypal personality disorder," which makes him vulnerable to delusions."Reporter Shayna Jacobs: New York Daily News; December 5, 2016
"The man who confessed to murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 has a personality disorder that makes him susceptible to delusions, a psychiatrist testified Monday. Dr. Michael First said he diagnosed alleged killer Pedro Hernandez with “schizotypal personality disorder” after taking into consideration Hernandez’s recurring sightings of an imaginary “lady in white” and adopting other false beliefs...Hernandez’s lawyers say his detailed confession to the abduction and killing of Etan was also a fantasy — and one he grew to believe and would repeat several times. “Personality disorders are very subtle,” the doctor said on direct examination by defense attorney Harvey Fishbein. Prosecutors say Hernandez’s confession is reliable and point to the fact that he recited some version of it to members of a church group.