Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

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Random House, Nov 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages


A psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on violence, Dorothy Otnow Lewis has spent the last quarter century studying the minds of killers. Among the notorious murderers she has examined are Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon.

In this book, she shares her groundbreaking discoveries -and the chilling encounters that led to them. From a juvenile court in Connecticut to the psychiatric wards of New York City's Bellevue Hospital, from maximum security prisons to the corridors of death row, Lewis and her colleague, the eminent neurologist Jonathan Pincus, search to understand the origins of violence.

Concluding with a chilling interview with an executioner - a killer sanctioned by the state - Guilty by Reason of Insanity is an utterly absorbing odyssey that will forever change the way you think about crime, punishment and the law itself.

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GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY: A Psychiatrist Probes the Minds of Killers

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A psychiatrist who meets the criminally insane tells all. Lewis, a professor at New York University and Yale, spends a good deal of time examining the most violent among us. Her specialty is violent ... Read full review

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Dr. Lewis is a forensic psychiatrist who has examined, along with Johnathan Pincus, many persons on death rows or incarcerated for very violent crimes. The individuals tend to have been brutalized as ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D., grew up in New York City. She is a graduate of the Ethical Culture School, Radcliffe College, and Yale University School of Medicine. She is a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, a professor at New York City University School of Medicine, and a clinical professor at the Yale University Child Study Centre. Her studies on violence have been cited in decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is married to Dr. Melvin Lewis, a child psychiatrist and professor at Yale. The Lewis' have two children.

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