“NO EV­I­DENCE OF DE­STRUC­TIVE URGES”

WERE OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES MISSED WHEN JERRY BRU­DOS WAS AD­MIT­TED TO A PSY­CHI­ATRIC HOS­PI­TAL?

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Jerry Bru­dos was com­mit­ted to Ore­gon State Hos­pi­tal in 1956, fol­low­ing a bru­tal, sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated at­tack on a teenage girl. Po­lice feared he had the mak­ings of a sadis­tic sex crim­i­nal. The psy­chi­a­trists who ex­am­ined Bru­dos claimed he pre­sented as a rel­a­tively nor­mal teenage boy. One re­port noted, “The boy does not ap­pear to be grossly men­tally ill… There is no ev­i­dence of sui­cide, homi­cide, or de­struc­tive urges.” Bru­dos was di­ag­nosed with “ad­just­ment re­ac­tion of ado­les­cence with sex­ual de­vi­a­tion, fetishism” and doc­tors con­cluded that he was not dan­ger­ous. The main ad­vice was that he should “grow up”.

The ex­am­in­ing team ap­pears to have nor­malised Bru­dos’s dis­turbed and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour and dis­missed the tes­ti­mony of his vic­tims. It seems as­ton­ish­ing that a boy re­ferred to them af­ter a vi­o­lent sex­ual as­sault should be classed as pos­ing no threat. It’s pos­si­ble that lives could have been saved if cor­rect in­ter­ven­tion was made at this point.

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