JOURNAL OF POSSIBLE PARADIGMS
Issue 4, Summer '96
What is it about Texas and mind
control cases? Add Scott Panetti to a list which already includes Bernie
Nelson, Whitley Strieber, and S. Miles Lewis. Scott is from sleepy little
Fredericksburg, a small German community in the Texas Hill Country. He
On Sept. 8, 1992 Scott, dressed
in camos, went to the home of his parents-in-law. He beat his ex-wife with
his 30.06, then broke into the home and killed her parents with a sawed-off
shotgun. He then took his wife and three-year-old daughter to a nearby
cabin, where they had a nine-hour standoff with the police. When captured
by his self-named heroes, the Texas Rangers, Scott confessed immediately.
He said he had been drinking Canadian Mist. He said he was "psychotic.
The confession was taped. It took two hearings to determine he was competent
to stand trial. In the murder trial, held in neighboring Kerr County, Scott
chose to defend himself. The tapes were admitted as evidence.
Scott tried to build a case of
not guilty by reason of insanity. He blamed the shootings on an alternate
personality named Sarge Ironhorse. Scott said Roy Rogers once gave him
a "ragtag law book." He called on John F. Kennedy, Jesus Christ, and the
Pope as witnesses. I'm not sure how those warrants were served. Scott called
his ex-wife and his own parents to the stand for many hours of grueling
Scott's father said he nearly
died at birth, nearly drowned at age 2 or 3, and suffered serious head
injuries as a teenager in a car wreck. Scott's history with mental illness
began in the military. He was recruited for Naval Intelligence, but that
fell through when they drugged his beer for mind control purposes. After
he returned home, he suffered an electrical shock while working for the
power company. It left him hospitalized for several weeks.
During the taped confession Scott
said of the murders, "It was like I wasn't even in control, like somebody
else was pushing me." During the trial, Scott described that day. He said
Sarge cut all his hair off, then dressed him in jungle fatigues. "Sarge
saw a shotgun and sawed the barrel off. He grabbed Scott's 30.06 and a
shotgun, went out the door, got in the jeep and began driving. Why? Back
of the house. Scott, 30.06 in left hand, shotgun in right. Tap. Tap. What
are you doing here, Sarge? Taps on window. Shatters window. Shot lock off
door. Walks in. Joe and Amanda [in-laws]. Kitchen. Screams. Runs. Follows.
Boom. Boom. Scott, you see what Sarge has done? Demons!" Scott laughs hysterically.
He ended his testimony with the statement, "Thy will be done." He never
formally rested the defense.
During his 45-minute testimony
Scott opined, "I just don't think anybody can explain insanity unless they've
been there." The trial lasted eight days. It took the jury less than one
day to decide Scott was guilty. The next day they sentenced him to death
by lethal injection.
"The law sometimes sleeps," Scott
said during his trial, "but it never dies."
PANEL QUELLS DRUG WORRIES
A government panel says that
warning people about the dangers of radioactive nasal treatments they received
a half-century ago would only cause unnecessary worry and useless medical
tests, AP reports. It says the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments
said the benefits of notifying patients of the dangers of the radioactive
nasal treatments do not outweigh the potential harm of doing so, and little
could be done to help those suffering from brain cancers. The recommendation
is contained in a draft report the panel is to give the Clinton administration
next week of its study of a wide range of human radiation tests the government
conducted after World War II, the story notes. The treatments with radium,
encased in capsules and inserted into nostrils to shrink Eustachian tubes,
were given to military pilots and divers, including Navy submariners, to
prevent broken ear drums due to drastic pressure changes, the story says.
It says the panel's conclusions bitterly disappointed patients and their
advocates who since early 1994 have been lobbying the government for aid
in conducting an epidemiological study and notifying people. After a Senate
subcommittee hearing in August, the story says, VA agreed to investigate
whether an epidemiological study was feasible.
The following was seen on
a sticker on a men's room wall at the Sahara Hotel & Casino when I
was in Vegas last week:
Las Vegas Mental Health Center
Electronic Mind Control Lab
Anybody Can Be A Victim
Close Them Down
A.I.D.S. at a Distance