Born to Run: Inside the Mind of the Barefoot Burglar
Faint gleams of hope
Harris-Moore's prospects of leading a normal and productive life one day do not initially look very promising. Harris-Moore faces multiple charges in his home state of Washington, and detectives are still gathering evidence for about 10 new charges there. The young man faces dozens of federal charges, carrying prisons sentences totaling well over a lifetime. While Harris-Moore suffers from several documented mental illnesses that at the very least influenced his illegal behavior, he faces significant hurdles if he attempts to use his psychological state as part of a defense strategy, Dr. Stephen Diamond, a psychologist specializing in forensics, told truTV. Leaving aside his legal problems, Harris-Moore's biggest challenge is to get the treatment he needs, Diamond observed.
"Unfortunately, most of the psychotherapies that we have and the treatment programs that we have for these mental disorders [from which Harris-Moore suffers] really don't address adequately the underlying and unconscious anger and rage these individuals suffer from and make everyone else suffer from," Diamond told truTV.
"If someone like him gets sent to prison and doesn't get the proper treatment, they basically become better at what they have already been doing and they also become angrier. This is the basic problem with the justice system," Diamond told truTV. "While the prognosis is poor, if he were to get the right kind of treatment, which is the crucial issue, it is possible that he could choose to turn his life around and use his talents, intelligence, aggressions, and his anger constructively."