"At midday on May 7, 2012, defendant attacked Shannon Collins, a woman whom
he did not know, as she was walking on Broadway in Santa Cruz. He stabbed her neck
and torso 12 times. While Collins bled to death, defendant dropped his jacket and his
knife near her body. He nonchalantly walked away and threw his blood-stained shirt into
a garbage can. Shortly thereafter, defendant was arrested a few blocks away from the
crime scene. Defendant had blood spatter on his hands, head, and shoes.
Defendant was calm and cooperative during the in-field showups, which occurred
about an hour after the offense. Defendant was then transported to a hospital for
evidence collection procedures during which he was also cooperative. About one and a
half hours later, he was transported to the police station where he coherently provided
biographical data to the police officers."
Why? Why would someone possibly do this?
"Defendant presented evidence of his extensive history of mental illness. His
symptoms included hallucinations, paranoid thoughts, extreme mood fluctuations, and
chronically aggressive behavior. Defendant had been given various diagnoses, including
schizoaffective disorder bipolar type, schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder not otherwise
specified, antisocial personality disorder, and polysubstance abuse. Defendant had
engaged in 15 or 16 incidents of violent behavior between 1991 and 2002, many of which
were related to his mental illness. Defendant was involuntarily medicated eight times between 1994 and 2011. He met the criteria for the mentally disordered offender
program in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2011. Defendant had no insight into his mental illness
and he frequently did not take his medications."
Oh. I guess now I understand. Though how incredibly depressing all around.
P.S. - "Defendant believed that if he killed someone, he would be safe and would join the
Illuminati cults. Defendant also claimed that the skeletons told him that if he killed
someone, he would be free." Or maybe "Defendant told the police that he had planned to kill a woman because he was frustrated
that women did not give him enough attention. He explained that “corrupt” men, men
who weighed 300 pounds, and drug dealers received attention from women, but he did
not. Defendant stated that he could not take it anymore, and he decided to kill a woman." Depending on who what version you believe.