An Ecstasy Excuse in Murder
Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006
Joseph Harrison, 29, is charged in Aberdeen courts with strangling to death Susan Third, then had sex with her — after she was dead.
Sated, he stuffed her lifeless body into the trunk of his car, and dumping it in a field.
His excuse? To quote the Aberdeen Evening Express:
The High Court was later told he suffered from either schizophrenia or drug-induced psychosis. Harrison had talked about hearing alien voices and believed he was an observer on Earth. He was also said to have been a heavy user of amphetamine and ecstasy. Psychiatrists were asked to determine the nature of his illness and the part illegal drugs may have played in his condition.
OK, so did the drugs make him crazy, or did his craziness make him do drugs? We don’t know enough of Harrison’s mental and drug use history to draw a conclusion from this article … but one thing is certain: If Harrison were not a drug user, Susan Third would still be alive today.
Harrison’s sentence is pending.