A Crime of Insanity


Episode Info

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 SUNY psychology student Ralph Tortorici. In December of 1994, he 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. 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 of 2002.


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