The Wyoming Institute Of Technology‘s very own, Dr. Franklin Forrester, will be published in next month’s American Journal of Medicine. The essay details recent findings from a seven year study which focused on convicted murderers who have been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome.
Dr. Forrester and his team of psychiatric professionals, doctors and criminal psychologists interviewed over two thousand different prisoners, in seven different states. The group focused on the correlations between autism, and criminal offenders. What they found shocked everyone.
The following is an excerpt from the AMJMED article due out next month.
“My inspiration for this study was the tragedy that took place on April. 16th 2007, and is widely refereed to as the Virginia Tech Massacre. Seung-Hui Cho, took the lives of 32 students and wounded 17 others. He had been diagnosed with autism as a child, and after watching the video he released prior to the killings, I felt this was an accurate assessment.
I began my research in the fall of 2008. I initially financed and managed the launch of the project. A year later I was fortunate enough to receive multiple generous government grants in order to continue the study. The inquiry has been my primary focus for the past 7 years.
These travesties have become common place in today’s news, and are occurring with an unsettling frequency. This study has enabled us to outline the distinct interconnections between autism and manslaughter, we hope that ultimately, this study will provide professionals with the information they need in order to intercept potential offenders before tragedy strikes. Our goal is to save lives.
After conducting extensive interviews with 2,342 prisoners, and evaluating the psychiatric histories of another 10,000 inmates, we were able to conclude that roughly 92 percent of murderers fell somewhere within the high-functioning autism spectrum.”
In the full essay, Dr. Forrester goes onto describe the scientific methodology behind his study, as well as releasing further data, and proposes several solutions to the epidemic.
The issue will hit stores July 12th, 2014.