Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Harrison Graham: The Corpse Collector

Prelude to Insanity Defense

Four days later, Robin DeShazor's remains, found partly in a bag and partly in a basement, were formally identified through medical and dental records.  She had indeed been the first one to die, although in his confused state, Graham had described killing others before her.  The time and cause of death of her death could not be determined.

Months later, on October 6, as reported in local papers, Graham pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.  Judge Charles Durham asked him if he understood the proceedings, and Graham just said, "Nope."  He banged his fingers on the bar, mumbled to himself and swayed on his feet. He also claimed he didn't know where he was.  His attorney reiterated that Graham was not competent to continue.  Graham just said he wanted to go home.

"Do you know why you're here?" Durham asked.

"I have no idea."

"Can you understand?"

"Nope."

The DA remarked that Graham was malingering.  The judge entered the pleas, denying a request from Moldovsky for a competency hearing on the spot, as well as his request to drop the murder charges due to an inability to determine the cause of death.  Moldovsky said he would get another psychiatric report.

In January, a neurological report indicated that Graham was not suffering from organic brain damage.  Nevertheless, Moldovksy prepared for an insanity defense, scheduled for January 19, 1988.

 

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