I think everyone (with more healthy senses) is asking ‘why?’ as if that answer might clear up the agonizing horror. However, the ‘why’ in minds so utterly corrupt by illness that moves in these directions will never mean much to any of the rest of us.
When I worked at Patuxent Institution, I would always wonder at inmates who otherwise seemed to sensible, intelligent and even likable when they would relay finally their stories in off hand sort of chit chat that ended with just, ‘so I stabbed her’. The inflection or lack, the idle delivery was so swept of anything other than comment that the teller seemed to be speaking of nothing more than saying ‘I woke up and stretched’. The is usually no anger, no contempt, no sadness, no humor, no remorse at all. It was just a passing and idle thought….......
Patuxent Institution began operations in 1955, a unique facility created to house Maryland’s most dangerous criminal offenders. Its mission was to ensure public safety through the psychotherapeutic treatment of “Defective Delinquents.” These were offenders who demonstrated persistent antisocial and criminal behavior, and who were designated by the court to be involuntarily committed to Patuxent Institution under an indeterminate sentence. From its inception, Patuxent Institution was specifically designed to be a self-contained operation that was staffed by full-time clinicians, including psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists, as well as by custody personnel. Patuxent Institution was also unique in that it was provided with its own admission, inmate review, and paroling authority separate from that of the Maryland Division of Correction (DOC). Thus, once designated as a defective delinquent, an offender was to be released from Patuxent only upon the findings of the court that the inmate’s release was for the “[inmate’s] benefit and the benefit of society…”