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Frontline: A Crime of Insanity

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.


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Angela Wartel
Angela Wartel (Faculty)
9 years ago

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
Emily Forand
Emily Forand (Faculty)
10 years ago

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