Originally Posted by Katy
Originally Posted by Hadding
Whitman was completely lucid and [I]knew what he was doing...
Was Charles Whitman sane or insane? He had no problems of cognition but he was gripped by strange impulses. He was lucid and he knew what he was doing ...
Psychosis is not 24/7 thingie, Hadding. It is episodic. This means that someone can be "normal" one moment and "crazy" the next. When a patient slips from a rational stage into a psychotic episode, then his cognition (as you call it) shuts down and he goes ape without even realizing it. This can go on for days. When he finally comes out of his bout of psychosis, he cannot explain the things he did when he went on his rampage. Hence his letter complaining about "irrational thoughts." It is similar to sleepwalking, hypnosis, hallucinations and delusions.
My point is that it is involuntary, which makes him a victim. All the intelligence, education, expertise and wisdom in the world does not make you immune to psychosis, whether it is induced by hallucinations or delusions. The only thing that can save you from this condition is anti-psychotic medication or, if it is caused by a brain tumor, neuro surgical intervention.
Whitman's brain tumor and Steele's mini-strokes both caused permanent effects. Neither were episodic. As best as I can determine, Steele showed insane behavior all the way from his surgery to his arrest. He continued this insane behavior from his arrest thru sentencing 18 months later. A review of his rants written from jail and his letters to the judge will confirm that. Both are posted here.
What is more significant than anything else is that Steele has disappeared for the last 13 months. Several of my correspondents report no answers to letters written months ago. His website has been abandoned for about four months and his wife has stopped begging for money. I can find nothing about these three mysteries.