August 9, 2002
7:27 AM   Subscribe

So if bigfoot can be used as an insanity defense when on trial for triple homicide, what does that say for those who actually believe?

Well, at least the incarcerated can do some light reading while waiting for trial.
posted by Kellydamnit (5 comments total)
I don't get the impression that Stayner is using Bigfoot as an insanity defense per se, his attorney is using his obsession with Mr. Sasquatch in the context of his whole doomsday-Nostradamus-wacky worldview as evidence of not being in his right mind.

As for "those who actually believe", I don't think it says anything about them at all. Looking at it from a purely logical perspective, at least they have what they believe is scientific physical evidence to support their belief in the existence of Sasquatch. All kinds of people (a majority in America, if we're to believe the surveys) believe in things which don't even have that, and they're certainly not all serial killers. People who are insane do crazy things, what they believe in and how it affects them is usually secondary to their mental illness. Good links.
posted by biscotti at 8:56 AM on August 9, 2002

Having been so battered by television input over the years, it's no wonder that after initially reading the above, I thought that someone was trying to use the Chewbacca defense.

"If the Bigfoot fits, you must acquit."
posted by thanotopsis at 9:08 AM on August 9, 2002

You overlooked the biggest, baddest bigfoot site of them all: BFRO.
posted by dhartung at 12:51 PM on August 9, 2002

Maybe Bigfoot is a carrier of the insanity virus?
posted by runthegamut at 12:58 PM on August 9, 2002

Yoda responds "more than a little strange stayner is."
posted by DBAPaul at 8:15 AM on August 10, 2002

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