Paranoid Schizophrenia: Please don't blame felony crimes on it
Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper is considered a 'Paranoid Schizophrenic.' Brian David Mitchell's Defense Psychiatrist, Richard DeMier has attributed Mitchell's kidnapping and rape crimes against a young teenage girl snatched out of bed one night in her parents home, as a prime reason for his actions. This illness does not contribute to the actions of a person. Personality, moral attitude, and self-esteem of any person will contribute to their actions or behavior. If a person is sick with schizophrenia they could still be a lawful citizen. The correlation between illness and criminal behavior is not consistently related. Some very sick and mentally ill people have never committed felonious crimes, and they probably never will. Others may decide to change their current behavior and/or moral outlook and participate in heinous, devastating and violent behavior; while some may see that as a conflict to their inner ego. With any consistent, and morally decent upbringing, if one is nurtured in an emotionally supportive and stable environment most mentally ill persons will stay law abiding even though, they have a terrible disease or mental illness. Please don't blame felony crimes on this illness called "Paranoid Schizophrenia." It's just not the reason for committing crimes. And it's actually a disadvantage for anyone who chooses to be unlawful. There is a much lesser chance to succeed when partaking in such a highly-skilled and calculating event like kidnapping, rape or murder. Therefore, "having the disease" does not cause the individual to commit a crime but "not having the disease" may actually contribute to committing a crime at a much higher and more significant level.
Mitchell believes he will lead a group of wives out of Babylon and will help establish Zion, DeMier told the court, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Prosecutors say Mitchell kidnapped the then-14-year-old Smart at knifepoint from her bedroom in her family's home in Salt Lake City in June 2002. She was found nine months later in the company of Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, who earlier pleaded guilty in the case.