Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Jersey: Assailant Who Stabbed Two Canadian Tourists to Death Mentally Ill

As a follow-up to my posting earlier today (May 22), Antoinette Pelzer, 44, a woman with a lengthy history of schizophrenia and being homeless, is being held by Atlantic City police in connection with the multiple stabbing deaths of two Canadian women, ages 80 and 47, who were killed on Monday (May 21). 
Witnesses told police that Pelzer, 44, had attempted to steal a purse from one of the women and then stabbed them them repeatedly.

COMMENT: Peltzer was initially charged with aggravated assault and robbery, but authorities are planning to upgrade the charges to homicide, although given the assailant's mental condition, her attorney will no doubt plead her not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Unfortunately, there are far to many individuals such as the assailant who have over the years been released from mental health facilities that pose a clear and present danger to residents and tourists alike in the US.