There are few experiences more distressing to the human Spirit, more disturbing to the human psyche, than seeing someone you care for murdered. Since Reg’s execution I have indeed been rather disturbed and distressed.
Although I didn’t witness his actual execution take place I did see him being dragged off to be murdered; I saw the initial process of the murder take place. Looking out of my little window waiting to see Reg leave his last visit I fell into a catatonic state …
Then, I went through various emotional states. I attempted to write down what all went on but I would get to the point where I could barely write. I still have the notes I wrote that day but I still don’t think I’m ready to compile them together and write a piece on Reg’s execution. I just cringed while writing “Reg’s execution. ” I know I need to write though … There have been many times in which I’ve written about things that would have been unknown if I hadn’t written about them. I was thinking about this a few minutes ago when I saw Gerald Eldridge, A.K.A “Crazy Mike,” being taken to his execution. In about 6 hours, at 6pm, he is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas.
He had no final visits. As far as I know he has never had any visits and never written anyone. Crazy Mike, as his nickname suggests, has severe psychological problems. I’ve been around Mike several times and he is definitely suffering from schizophrenia. His attorneys should be disbarred. I don’t know what kind of attorneys he has but he probably has some perfidious court-appointed lawyers.
Crazy Mike was recently brought back to this unit from the psychiatric unit, Jester 4. A person has to exhibit severe mental impairments before they’ll ship him off to the psych unit. One of the common symptoms of schizophrenia is delusion of persecution — when one feels that people are “out to get them.” Mike definitely suffers from this symptom. Delusion of reference — when an individual interprets messages or events as if they were meant for them — is another symptom of schizophrenia which Mike displays. He probably doesn’t even know that he was just taken to be executed!
It is supposed to be illegal to execute someone who is schizophrenic but that hasn’t stopped the state of TX from doing just that in the past. From a moral perspective the general public should be outraged that a severely schizophrenic person is about to be put to death.
There are many varying theories about the causes of schizophrenia but the bottom line is that schizophrenia is a biological reality. Brain abnormalities are the cause of schizophrenia. In almost all cases of people with schizophrenia the onset of the disease came about gradually. I’ve talked to guys here who have known Crazy Mike since he arrived on Death Row and they’ve told me that he was always “out there” and “throwed off.” Meaning, even when he first arrived on Death Row he exhibited signs of psychological impairment.
His symptoms increasingly became worse and now Crazy Mike’s psyche has been completely consumed with schizophrenia. His Mind is fully engulfed in a dark abyss of delusion and hallucination. And the state of Texas is planning on executing him soon! This is terrible.
And what’s worse is that there are two more executions scheduled for the next two days. Yes, three executions on three consecutive days. Gerald Eldridge, today, November 17th. Danielle Simpson, tomorrow, November 18th and Robert Thompson, the next day, November 19th. Although I don’t know the statistics so I can’t say for sure, but if I was a betting man I’d willing to bet, that nothing like this has been done in the past 100 years in any other state. Three people executed in three days. This is insanity …
11-17-09, last-night Crazy Mike received a stay of execution less than 2 hours before he was scheduled to be killed. Good!