Anders Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway, was initially declared a “paranoid schizophrenic” by two psychiatrists. “He lives in his own delusional universe,” they said, “we have no doubt when it comes to our conclusions.” The report led to strong reactions, including from Breivik himself, and today two new court-ordered psychiatrists are “as sure as we can be” that Breivik is sane. “We’re talking about psychosis and we have found no signs of it,” they said, adding that the crime was too complicated to have been carried out by a psychotic person. The New York Times reports that “psychiatry may also face scrutiny” at the upcoming trial.
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