! DR. TORREY DOUBLES HIS BOGUS HOMICIDE ESTIMATE !
Dr. E. Fuller Torrey's obsession with homicide figures dates back to the 1990s when the media were quick to accept his unsubstantiated estimate that "1,000 homicides are committed annually" by an unmedicated group of people with schizophrenia or bipolar illness. Last week, in a startling claim in an ABC News feature, Torrey raised the estimate to 1,690 annually-- that would be 36 per week every week committed by an extremely small group of individuals.
Dr. Torrey's new 'discovery' about homicides is clearly as bogus as his previous guesstimates. The new number (10% of all homicides!) doubles his earlier estimate (5%), a figure based on six clippings from the Washington Post and some deceptive tinkering with research done by others. (Note: authors of the studies have confirmed that their work does not support Torrey's conclusions.)
Torrey's source of the 10% figure, which he projects to 1,690 homicides annually, seems even more shakey. Oddly, Torrey's website file of "Preventable Tragedies" showed only 179 homicides during the peak year of 2003.
It is alarming that the most visible, articulate, and engaging psychiatrist in the business has successfully promoted facts and figures tailored to suit his narrow agenda of coerced medication. Continuous repeated references to violence by the Treatment Advocacy Center can't fail to affect public attitudes. And this is after all the Torrey/Jaffe team's goal
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