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The Northumberland Nightmare: When Justice Ignores Mental Illness
On the morning of August 13, 2001, Chad Wegkamp, a former honor student, woke up and decided to rob the bank across the street from the Sheriff's office. Severely mentally ill, he was desperate to secure the money for an operation that he felt he needed to return to normal. Shouting obscenities, he managed to rob the bank without a weapon and then eluded the Sheriff's ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2004 by Infinity Publishing (PA)
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A riveting and harrowing account of a parent’s worst fears come true—the descent of a son into schizophrenia and his subsequent arrest for counterfeiting and bank robbery. Told as a series of diary entries, Eastern Shore resident Paul Wegkamp Jr. shares his perceptions as events unfolded and lambastes the justice system for its disregard for his son’s mental illness.