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Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder (edizione 2021)

di Mikita Brottman (Autore)

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Titolo:Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder
Autori:Mikita Brottman (Autore)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2021), 256 pages
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On February 21, 1992 Brian Bechtold walked into a Florida police station and confessed to murdering his mom and dad. On October 8, 1992 Brian was found "Not Criminally Responsible". He was committed to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center.
The story begins with his childhood and the hidden abuse in all aspects. From the alcoholic father to the overwhelmed abusive mom, Brian was constantly told he wasn't wanted. When Brian was sentenced to maximum security, he soon realized he was in a much worse situation than prison.
As the story unfolds the horrors of the institution are revealed. With Brian being bounced from maximum to minimum security, he becomes desperate to escape, go to prison, or even just die. Nightmare stories are told of patients killing each other and guards abusing patients for laughs; this story will almost almost make you sick to your stomach.
I found myself feeling sorry for Brian, even though he murdered his parents. With every move Brian is scrutinized and another diagnosis and medication is added. The idea of patients being locked up and literally forgotten by the system is unacceptable.
I won an Advance Reader's Edition from Goodreads and Holt Publishers. Thank you very much for the opportunity to read this book. Couple Found Slain is a chilling, gripping book! One I will not forget for a long time. ( )
  ShellyQ | Sep 12, 2021 |
I found this book to be very interesting, and really a bit different than the normal true crime that I read. It starts out talking about the Bechtold family, the way it started with each of the parents, who became the murder victims, and how the family changed with each child and the family resources. I was sad to hear of the mental illness that ran through the entire family, including outside of this family unit. I must admit, the parents were not very sympathetic victims in my opinion. Their treatment of the children was horrible and abusive. My heart went out to each child, including Brian, who is the one who killed the parents. He suffered horrible abuse and mental illness through his entire life. The story and the events afterwards were quite interesting. I did like the book, even all of the issues in the story. I think the author did a great job in bringing out all of the relevant facts. I really liked the way she talked about the mental illness issues and all of the facts about that. I do recommend this book. ( )
  BonnieKernene | Jul 7, 2021 |
I received a complimentary audiobook from Macmillan Audio and NetGalley. My review is voluntary and unbiased.

Author states in the beginning that this is not a story about the crime per se but about the consequences for one person within mental health system. The author’s perspective is interesting given her background as a scholar with a PhD in English Literature as well as a psychoanalyst.

She describes the family history of the Bechtold family which included his parents, Dorothy and George, several sisters given their Catholic beliefs. Unfortunately, they weren’t the most attentive or supportive parents that their children needed. They moved a few times due to his father’s education and eventual PhD which secured him a stable job for the government.

Brian Bechtold, was their youngest kid, who they left alone most of the time. He endured years of abuse and neglect never being able to hold down a steady job. He turned to drugs which landed him in many unfortunate situations. When Brian was 22 yo, he killed both of his parents in their home. He fled and eventually turned himself in to the police explaining that the devil told him to kill his parents. Since his sobriety, he claimed God wanted him to make amends for his crime.

He was deemed schizophrenic and unable to stand trial for the 1992 murders. He was locked up at Clifton T Perkins Hospital Center where he would spend many more years than deemed reasonable compared to the crimes of other inmates. Brian never denied his crime and acknowledges that he wasn’t thinking clearly at that time. Over the years and many clinicians later, Brian would continue to be denied release on grounds that he was a threat to himself or others. For whatever reason, no one believed anything he had to say whether negative or positive. Oddly, the staff would twist his words to suit their purpose of keeping him at Perkins. He often prayed and attempted escape in order to be sent to prison where the living conditions were better than those at Perkins.

It’s a sad story of the injustices and prejudices within the mental health care system of that institution. They endured he stayed there despite his family and friends living too far away to visit. Through research and interviews, it seems the system unfairly over punished some while others were allowed release. The purpose of mental health confinement is to rehabilitate people to return them to society after receiving the help they need. In this case, this facility seemed to lack staff who would evaluate patients in the present without the prejudice of past mistakes. ( )
  marquis784 | Jul 1, 2021 |
This is a fairly different take on a true crime story. It's focused primarily on what happens to the murderer after he's killed and is sent to a psychiatric facility. There's still a good bit of foundation laid regarding his upbringing, his parents, the murder (he killed his parents - and I didn't feel too bad about that since they were mostly awful), and his psychosis. He had some very serious problems.

The book is interesting but not particularly engaging. I think I was mostly frustrated by what seemed like Brian's inability to get a fair shake with the doctors and the courts. But I was also constantly aware that I'm getting Brian's point of view through the author - who has no actual training in psychiatry (at least I got the impression that is the case) and only got to know him through a course she offered at the facility. So is Brian the most reliable source of information when it comes to his diagnosis? I don't know. And that's how I ended up feeling at the completion of the book: I don't know. There was a lot of information given but I don't know what the facts truly are so, in some ways, I'm feeling like maybe this wasn't a good use of my reading time... ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
What an in-depth look at a murder, horrendous killing of his parents, but why, is there a reason.
The author takes us on a journey from before the murders, his growing up years, and then when Brian, himself reports the Crime at a Florida police department.
This is riveting as we follow his time in the mental hospital, meet other inmates, and what happens too many of them.
Once you're in this hospital, we see up close how the patients are treated, over medicated, and I felt sorry for him. He seems highly intelligent, and aware of what is going on, so maybe that is harder.
Will he ever be let go? He seems to have a lot of people rooting for him, but is he capable of living in society?
I still have some questions, but the author did a wonderful job at giving a complete picture of what his life is like.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher MacMillian Audio, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | May 13, 2021 |
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