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Frontline: A Crime of Insanity


Frontline: A Crime of Insanity

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This site, from Frontline, deals with the insanity defense in trials. In the overview, it presents several topics such as FAQs about the insanity defense, notorious insanity cases, state insanity defense laws, and mental health courts. It then presents the story of Ralph Tortorici who is mentally ill and took classmates hostage. There are also links to statistics on the mentally ill who are imprisoned and interviews with a variety of individuals.
Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: January 13, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 30, 2012
Submitter: Cathy Swift



Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: no


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Avatar for Angela Wartel
1 year ago

Angela Wartel (Faculty)

It is unfortunate that the video does not appear on the site anymore.  It could be a great tool for helping to understand the insanity defense.  The site overall has clear sturcture and provides a myriad of resources that can be helpful for instructors and students alike.

Time spent reviewing site: 20

Avatar for Emily Forand
1 year ago

Emily Forand (Faculty)

This site is very clearly constructed. I think it would be wonderful for topic generation in essays, getting more informed about the insanity plea, and perhaps sparking creative writing opportunities in a classroom. I like that the material is divided by different sections.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes