Do the Menendez Brothers Reside in Many of Us?
Human nature: Few children murder their parents with shotguns, but there are subtler ways of getting rid of people.
[Published in: The L.A. Times, December 24, 1993]
By Thomas Hersh
A patient in a nursing home (call her "Mrs. Kay") is an 85 year old schizophrenic whose illness is more or less in remission. I look forward to seeing her because of her interesting ideas. She sits alone all day, often with her door closed, and resists everyone who tries to get her involved in activities. When she comes out to eat her meals in the dining room, she makes nasty comments that keep other residents away. She has a reputation. A lady at the home told me that "Mrs. Kay gives me the creeps. She reminds me of one of the Addams family."