This is a high profile criminal case in the U.S. She led a mormon based cult and she had a hand in, or maybe even personally killed, at least one husband (also possibly an ex-husband, that case is pending), her current husband’s wife, and two of her children. Before their deaths she started claiming they’d turned into zombies, next thing you know they were actually dead. She married her fellow cult leader (Chad Daybell, trial pending) a month after his wife’s suspicious death. It was when relatives started asking about the children that they were finally caught. She was just sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. I admit it’s a relief that she won’t ever be a threat to people again, but she won’t get much, if any mental health care, in prison. Idaho is one of four states that doesn’t allow an insanity defense. Is no one ever so insane that they aren’t responsible for their actions? Under these conditions there are people who will be sent to prison, get no mental health help, then eventually be out among us.
This is Lori Daybell’s speech at her sentencing:
She’s very detestable with no remorse or responsibility taken. She also appears very delusional and not living in the real world. Some think it’s an act. Everyone who could benefit her by being dead ( she collected life insurance and government benefits) ended up dead. According to her they are all happy to be dead, even her lover’s wife. Still, should her attorneys at least been allowed to consider bringing an insanity defense? John Hinkley Jr. seemed irredeemably lost in his delusions when he tried to assassinate President Reagan, yet with mental health care (40 years worth) he is now free and seems no threat to anyone.
There’s no guarantee such a defense would have worked in her case. I’m not sure if such a defense could even have been presented if she was against the idea. I guess what I’m asking is should an insanity defense at least be allowed to be presented? It seems a disservice to the truly mentally ill for it not to at least be on the table.