Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Frontline investigates the problems that occur between the legal system and the psychiatric community in the documentary A Crime of Insanity. The program focuses on the controversial case of S.U.N.Y. psychology student Ralph Tortorici, who, in December 1994, was arrested for taking a classroom hostage using a knife and a rifle. Although Tortorici was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he couldn't find a psychiatrist willing to testify. This film includes interviews with family members as well as presiding judge Larry Rosen, defense attorney Peter Lynch, and prosecutor Cheryl Coleman. Frontline: A Crime of Insanity first aired on PBS in October 2002.
court-system, hostage, mental-illness, schizophrenia