Tue 14 Apr 2009
NBC-TV Dateline program, "Deadly Chewable zyrtec, Dreams", which aired on Friday March 13, 2009.
This excellent, well-produced, and provocatively balanced, one-hour news program analyzed Chewable zyrtec - the notorious Santa Catalina Island, California murder case chewable zyrtec October 2001, involving the deceased 42 year-old Eva Weinfurtner, and her 25 year-old lover chewable zyrtec Reitz who was found guilty zyrtec overdose first-degree murder--despite his vigorous use of the Sleepwalking Defense. Chewable zyrtec - (The case is currently under appeal). My participation in the program involved the extensive use of our sleep lab footage from the Sleep Runners Deluxe Academic DVD (www.sleeprunners.com website that is linked to this website), along with providing background information to the producer Robert Dean about the forensic aspects of the parasomnias, including zyrtec overdose summary and my conclusions about the infamous sleepwalking murder case from May 1987 involving Kenneth Parks from Toronto, Canada. The Parks case made Canadian legal history as the first successful use of the Sleepwalking Defense in a murder trial. Ken Parks drove 14 miles (23 kilometers) on the night of May 24, 1987 and murdered his mother-in-law, and nearly murdered his father-in-law, and these were relatives whom he had loved and over the Chewable zyrtec, years had repeatedly demonstrated his love and affection for them. He was found not-guilty on the basis of sleepwalking, and my analysis of the court transcripts led me to agree with the jury's verdict. In contrast, the Santa Catalina Island murder case featured in the NBC-TV Dateline program presents compelling evidence both in favor of sleepwalking and in favor of murder (or at least manslaughter). I strongly zyrtec overdose that the readers of this Newsletter read the excerpts below about the Ken Parks case in the Forenics chapter in my book Chewable zyrtec - "Paradox Lost: Midnight in the Battleground of Sleep and Dreams", and then go to the NBC-Dateline website to view the video of the Deadly Dreams program. And of course, I encourage the readers to consider obtaining my book to read the entire forensics chapter, along with the other chapters containing detailed accounts of virtually all the parasomnias.
Carlos H. Schenck, MD
(from “Paradox Lost” 2005)
MEDICAL-LEGAL ISSUES: FORENSIC ASPECTS OF PARASOMNIAS
This chapter allows for all Chewable zyrtec - the poignant zyrtec overdose revealing Parasomnias stories and the current scientific explanations contained in this book to be brought together and viewed through the prism of our current legal system and its sadly outdated views of “sanity” and “insanity”—with direct implications for the ultimate disposition of an accused Chewable zyrtec, person in regards to criminal behavior associated with Zyrtec and drowsiness, Sleepwalking, sleep-related violence, and other non-volitional, sleep-related activity. My colleague Mark W. Mahowald, Chewable zyrtec : M.D. and I have given this important matter considerable deliberation, and we have published extensively in this area. Furthermore, our research and our synthesis of the literature have addressed the issues of dissociated states of sleep, dreams, and wakefulness and their impact on consciousness, which carries major forensic implications. For example, based on our research foundation and an analysis of pertinent trial transcripts and reports, we have proposed the adoption of two new forensic Parasomnia categories:
i) Parasomnia with continuing danger as a non-insane automatism.
ii) (Intermittent) state-dependent continuing danger, and its implications for willful self-abusive behavior and future Parasomnia recurrence.
The first section of this chapter presents and analyzes the historic case and subsequent trial of Kenneth James Parks, who in 1987 drove his automobile one night while Sleepwalking and proceeded to murder his mother-in-law and nearly chewable zyrtec his father-in-law. Parks was acquitted of all charges by utilizing the “Sleepwalking Defense.” The original verdict was subsequently upheld after an appeal was filed by the prosecution (Regina v. Parks, Court of Appeal, Brooke, Krever and Galligan JJ.A., June 1, 1990, as documented in ONTARIO REPORTS, SECOND SERIES, VOLUME 73, July 27, 1990).
The year after the trial I was able to obtain a transcript of the entire court Zyrtec and drowsiness - proceedings through my close friend in Ottawa, Canada, the Honourable Kenneth C. Binks, chewable zyrtec (Queen’s Counsel). The official transcript of the trial that was sent to me was comprised of eight volumes totaling 1,737 pages, and was certified to be correct by a Patricia M. Grainger, C.S.R., Official Reporter, S.C.O. (Supreme Court of Ontario). The front page of the trial transcript read as follows:
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF ONTARIO
CANADA zyrtec overdose zyrtec overdose ) HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ) against
JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF YORK ) KENNETH JAMES PARKS
--- Before THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE WATT, held chewable zyrtec the
Court House, 361 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario,
commencing Monday May 9th, 1988.
MS. CATHY MOCHA for the Crown
MS. MARLYS EDWARDH chewable zyrtec ) for the Accused
DELMAR DOUCETTE, ESQ.)
(A year after I had analyzed the court transcripts of the Parks trial in 1989—and then put it aside in anticipation of including it in Paradox Lost, which took 15 Chewable zyrtec : years longer to complete than originally planned-- an excellent book chewable zyrtec the Parks trial was published in the popular press by June Callwood, entitled: “The Sleepwalker: the trial that made Canadian legal history.” As Ms. Callwood pointed out, this was the first time in Canadian legal history that a Sleepwalking defense had been successfully utilized in a criminal trial).
The subsequent sections of this Chewable zyrtec : chapter deal with a variety of other compelling forensic topics pertaining Chewable zyrtec, to the Parasomnias, including a detailed presentation of the rationales for our two new proposed forensic categories that were Zyrtec and drowsiness : listed above; guidelines for determining the putative role of a Parasomnia in a specific act of violence; presentation of another forensic Parasomnia category called “Parasomnia Pseudo-suicide;” a summary of an Zyrtec and drowsiness : important law review article entitled Crime and Consciousness: Science and Involuntary chewable zyrtec and a discussion of Amicus Curiae and the need for sleep medicine experts to testify in criminal cases as an impartial “friend of the court.”
FORENSIC ASPECTS zyrtec overdose PARASOMNIAS—PART I
SLEEP-DRIVING AND HOMICIDAL SOMNAMBULISM:
THE FAMOUS CASE Zyrtec and drowsiness, OF KENNETH PARKS AND HIS IN-LAWS
(SUMMARY BASED ON A REVIEW OF THE COURT TRANSCRIPTS)
THIS CASE WAS ALSO REPORTED IN A PEER-REVIEWED MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE THAT WAS PUBLISHED BY A GROUP OF MEDICAL AND LEGAL EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE TRIAL:
“Homicidal Somnambulism: A Case Report”
SLEEP 1994; volume 17: 253-264
R. Broughton, R. Billings, R. Cartwright, D. Doucette, J. Edmeads, M. Edwardh, F. Ervin, B. Orchard, R. Chewable zyrtec - Hill, G. Turrell
Kenneth James Parks, 24 year-old male, 6’5” tall and weighing 280 pounds, was acquitted for Zyrtec and drowsiness, the May 24, 1987 murder of his mother-in-law, Barbara Woods, on the grounds that he was engaged in sleepwalking—and therefore not conscious and not responsible for his actions at the time. On the night of the murder, Parks presumably arose from the couch where he’d fallen asleep in front of the TV, put on his shoes, grabbed a set of zyrtec overdose from an end table, left the house—leaving the front door open—and then zyrtec overdose into his car. Without closing the garage door behind him, he then drove roughly 23 kilometers through the Toronto city streets to the house of his in-laws. He unlocked the door and proceeded to the Woods’ bedroom, where he strangled his father-in-law Donald Woods to unconsciousness and beat his mother-in-law with a tire iron and stabbed both of them with a chewable zyrtec he had taken from their kitchen.
The police later described signs of a great struggle in the bedroom: the bed was disheveled, the pillows were soaked in blood, and the mattress was moved around so that the headboard was tipped forward. Barbara the deceased was found in a room 5-6 feet from the bedroom. The tire iron was left in the bedroom. Barbara Woods had sustained 6 stab wounds through her chest (and one through her shoulder blade)—and the fatal wound went through her heart. She also had sustained blunt-force zyrtec overdose to her nose, eye and skull that caused a subarachnoid hemorrhage. In contrast, Donald Woods’ lacerations were not nearly as severe.
While bludgeoning his in-laws, Kenneth Parks cut himself severely with chewable zyrtec same knife, severing flexor tendons in both hands. He felt no pain at the time, and also Zyrtec and drowsiness, later that night when he was observed to be in an altered sleepwalking-like state and not having pain.
That night Parks also had picked up zyrtec overdose phone in the Woods’ kitchen chewable zyrtec set it down again, off the hook. He ran up the stairs towards the children’s bedrooms. Zyrtec and drowsiness, The Woods’ teenage daughters described hearing screaming and animal-like Zyrtec and drowsiness, grunting sounds which “got really loud…then all of a sudden they stopped, and then the grunting noises started again and the person started coming up the stairs…The grunting stopped and he just stood there for we don’t know how long…and then ran back downstairs and left.”
Parks presented himself to the local police station at 4:45 a.m. saying, “I just killed someone with my bare hands.” He appeared distressed and was shaking. He asked a policeman, “What happened? Chewable zyrtec - I was sleeping on the couch. I just woke up. I had a Chewable zyrtec - dream. I had a knife in my hand. I was killing them. I choked them, then I went to the police zyrtec overdose could I drive there and not know?” He did not appear to notice his cut hands with the severed tendons until after the confession. In fact, according to the police, he did not appear to be in pain, despite having cut tendons in Zyrtec and drowsiness - both hands. This is an example of “dissociative analgesia,” with profound blunting of pain sensation, that can be evident in the sleepwalking state. This observation by the police actually constitutes compelling evidence supporting a grossly impaired state of consciousness with analgesia that is seen with sleepwalking, and certainly not seen with malingering (“faking it”).
Parks had been under a great deal of chewable zyrtec in the months preceding the murder. He started betting on horses in the summer of 1986 and lost all his savings at the racing track. To replenish his account, he embezzled $32,000 from the company where he zyrtec overdose as an electrician and project coordinator. He kept losing money and when the company found chewable zyrtec about the missing funds in March 1987, he was fired. He then was compelled to tell his wife about the gambling and she then told her family.
By all accounts, Parks’ relationship with chewable zyrtec Woods had been one Chewable zyrtec : of mutual caring and respect. Mrs. Woods called Parks her “gentle giant” and he said he loved her as a son would love his mother. (It should be noted that Ken had first met Mrs. Woods’ daughter—and his Chewable zyrtec - future wife—when she was a teenage runaway, and he had convinced her to return home to her parents, which she agreed to do, and so her parents were always grateful for his positive intervention chewable zyrtec that family crisis). However, after losing his job, Parks stopped visiting the Woods because he was ashamed. He was unable to find a job, did side jobs as an electrician—and continued to gamble. He was booked on fraud charges and was out on bail Chewable zyrtec, at the time of the murder. His wife wanted him to get help for his gambling and said she would leave him if his gambling continued. They had bitter arguments about this. Parks arranged to join Gamblers Anonymous. He also had planned a barbeque at the Woods’ house later in the day of the murder to “come clean.”
After starting to gamble heavily, Parks began to suffer chewable zyrtec “pressure headaches.” He started to watch TV all night to “take his troubles away.” He socialized less and his weight increased from 240 to 310 pounds. He had trouble falling asleep. After going to bed at 11 pm, zyrtec overdose would ruminate, then get up and watch TV until 1-2 am. His sleep improved temporarily in December 1986 with the birth of his first child and less work pressure. Then in March 1987 he again suffered from insomnia about 6 nights a week, with total nightly sleep lasting 4-6 hours. The quantity of his sleep decreased progressively in April. He began to complain of severe daytime sleepiness, and took frequent naps. He would wake up and chewable zyrtec like there was heavy breathing, like, there was a Chewable zyrtec : Chewable zyrtec - pressure on me and I would get up. Like, I would find it hard to get up…I would feel like a pressure [on the chest] and it would be hard to breathe…I’d have to catch my breath.” He complained of intermittent chest pain, saw a doctor about this and was given treatment for asthma.
Parks Chewable zyrtec - and his wife agreed he had “virtually no sleep at all” on the two nights before the murder. They were having frequent arguments about his gambling and he was banished to sleeping on the couch. On the day before the murder Parks played in a rugby match when it was especially hot and humid and he was out of shape and felt “exhausted.” He came home in mid-afternoon when his wife went to work, and he took care of their Zyrtec and drowsiness - baby until chewable zyrtec fell asleep at 9 pm. He then made a salmon Chewable zyrtec, sandwich and cooked some ravioli for himself—the first meal he’d eaten chewable zyrtec day. He had ingested no alcohol or drugs. Very tired, he lay down and watched TV alone, then watched with his wife when she arrived at 10:45 PM. She made him some kool-aid to drink and went to bed around midnight, inviting him to sleep with her. Parks refused, saying he’d wait until he’d gotten some help for his gambling, and besides, he Zyrtec and drowsiness, wasn’t sleepy (!).
At the trial, Parks’ account zyrtec overdose the night’s events was as follows: he fell asleep on the couch sometime after midnight and his next recollection was seeing his mother-in-law’s face, “and she’s got her eyes open and her mouth open...it’s a zyrtec overdose sad face. I just sat and I heard the kids [yelling].” He recalled thinking the kids were in trouble and needed help. He says he yelled “kids, kids, kids” and went upstairs. He recalled going to pick up the phone but left the townhouse to get help. His memories of the events at the police station and his subsequent treatment at the hospital were spotty.
By all accounts, Parks was a very deep sleeper. Before the night of the murder, he used to sleep 8 hours a night and took 30 minutes in the morning trying to wake up. He was not usually alert in the morning. Driving to Zyrtec and drowsiness, work he would have to turn on the radio, open the window to let the breeze blow in chewable zyrtec face, and pinch and slap himself to wake up. His wife Karen Parks had no recollection of his sleepwalking, but he snored and would talk to her in his sleep, not remembering anything in the morning. She said he perspired a lot at night.
As a child, Parks had a problem with bedwetting until age 13-14 years. His mother described him as a deep sleeper and difficult to awaken. Once when he was 11 or 12, his mother went in to check on her sons and saw Ken’s “legs going out the [6th floor] window.” This is the only parasomnia which she can recall—but it was another dramatic and potentially lethal event. His grandmother, with whom he ultimately lived, said that when he was a teenager he talked 2-3 chewable zyrtec a week.
Park’s parents separated when Chewable zyrtec - he was 5 and his mother subsequently remarried. He had no contact with his father until age 18. His mother was hard of hearing and he never had a close relationship with her. He was described as a self-sufficient person: “I did things on my own.” He was truant in elementary school, but settled zyrtec overdose after meeting a good teacher in 5th grade. In Junior High School he was arrested once for petty theft. At age 16 he move in with his grandmother after his parents had moved away. He completed an 11th grade education. He enjoyed sports. He married Karen after a long friendship and Chewable zyrtec : the relationship had been a good one, until the gambling problem developed.
Park’s family history was replete with sleep disorders.
1) His grandfather Stanley Hodge suffered from night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep-cooking, Chewable zyrtec : and sleeptalking. According to chewable zyrtec wife, throughout his chewable zyrtec marriage he would “wake up, sit in bed and jump around…sweat a lot, and he would get up through the night and walk around through the house in his undershorts and…his eyes were always very stary, very bulgy…and he used to get up through the night often, and he would go Chewable zyrtec, different places to the bathroom except the washroom.” He also would get up and start cooking in the middle of the night, frying onions, potatoes and eggs. He never ate them, just Zyrtec and drowsiness, left them in the pan and went back to bed. He didn’t always turn off the stove. Sometimes he would put the kettle on and walk away. His eyes looked “bulgy,” he would be breathing heavily and would push anyone away if they tried to interfere. He was never violent to his wife, and never left the house during these episodes.
Parks remembered one time his grandmother calling for help after his grandfather had Chewable zyrtec : walked into the laundry room and had fallen, cut himself and lost control of his bladder. Stanley Hodge had no memory for these incidents. His wife said he would sleep deeply for 2-3 hours, “then start getting up and walking around and doing all these things.” Hodge’s son Glen reported that the spells occurred 2-4 times a week. If he tried to touch his father “he would almost send me flying. He swung around to hit me. zyrtec overdose happened a couple of times…[Stanley] was staring in a terrifying manner and was grunting…very heavy breathing.” Glen said his father would occasionally leave their trailer for 15-20 minutes at night and then return.
2) Two aunts talked in their sleep, with no identifiable words.
3) Two uncles had bedwetting until ages 13-14 years. One of them had sleeptalking until age 12-13 years, whereas the other one would run through the house screaming and then hide in the sofa.
4) A second cousin, when he was 8 or 9 years old, was found going to the bathroom in a pail outside the neighbor’s house, and then sat on the side of the road.
5) Ken Parks’ younger brother, a sleeptalker, once turned the stove on, fried and egg in a frying pan, and chewable zyrtec went to bed without eating it, and without turning off the stove.
6) Zyrtec and drowsiness : Two cousins had bedwetting. Also, the younger cousin was a noted deep sleeper who would sleeptalk incomprehensibly, while staring. The older cousin Chewable zyrtec - also had night terrors.
zyrtec and drowsiness - Table
The Parks Family Sleep History
Zyrtec overdose - (Including Ken Parks)
18 parasomnias (across 4 categories) affecting
10 first & second zyrtec overdose family members
PRIMARY PARASOMNIAS—PARKS FAMILY
Sleeptalking: 7 family members
Enuresis: 5 family members
Sleepwalking: 4 family members
Sleep terrors: 2 chewable zyrtec members
10 MAJOR FEATURES OF PARASOMNIAS—PARKS FAMILY
Deep sleeper: 3 family members
bulging eyes”: 3 family members
Sleep-cooking: 2 family members
Leaving the stove on: Zyrtec and drowsiness, 2 family members
(when going Chewable zyrtec - back to
bed after sleep-cooking)
Sleep-related injury: 2 family members
Leaving the house: 2 family members
Sleep-running: 2 family members
Inappropriate urination: 2 family members
Excessive sweating: 2 family members
Sleep-grunting: Chewable zyrtec - 2 family members
In summary, the Parks family was replete with sleep pathology expressed across 4 primary parasomnias, with at least 10 major clinical features. (This may be an underestimate, chewable zyrtec a full clinical interview with all first and second degree relatives and their spouses.)
The impressive zyrtec overdose family sleep disorders history was a pillar of support for the sleepwalking defense as the explanation for the murder and attempted murder by Ken Parks of his parents-in-law. Sleepwalking, in fact, was adopted by a Canadian jury as the most likely cause for the bizarre and Chewable zyrtec, tragic events of the night of May 24, 1987, and became the basis for the acquittal of Ken Parks.
Chewable zyrtec - The Court Case
The evidence presented in court established that Kenneth Parks had chewable zyrtec his mother-in-law and had almost killed his father-in-law with his own hands. These facts were indisputable.
The jury found the chewable zyrtec Kenneth Parks to be Not Guilty of all charges, and he was acquitted and Chewable zyrtec : freed by the court.
The outcome of Chewable zyrtec - the trial was as follows: Kenneth Parks was acquitted of the murder and attempted murder charges on the basis of sleepwalking. In the eyes of the law, criminal behavior arising from sleep is non-volitional behavior, and the accused is therefore not culpable for such behavior and should be acquitted. Furthermore, since the risk of recurrence of dangerous sleepwalking—i.e. Chewable zyrtec : a hazard to the public—was considered by the court to be low (based on the evidence and on the expert testimony), Parks’ sleepwalking was classified to be a “non-insane automatism” with “low continuing danger.” Thus, Ken Parks became a free man.*
The prosecution appealed the decision (which is allowed in Canada, but not in the United States), but the original Zyrtec and drowsiness : acquittal was upheld, and Kenneth Parks remained a free man under the law, but a deeply burdened man in his own daily life, dealing with the consequences of his gruesome, albeit involuntary, actions.
* However, if the risk of recurrence of dangerous sleepwalking was instead deemed to be high (based on the evidence and on the expert testimony), then Parks’ sleepwalking would have been classified by the court to be an “insane automatism.” In that Chewable zyrtec : alternative scenario, Parks would not have become a free man. Rather, he would have been sent to a psychiatric facility (for the “insane”) for an indefinite confinement.
This Chewable zyrtec, scenario does not make any medical sense (and defies any common sense), and results in an unfortunate clinical-legal situation: mandatory psychiatric confinement for a sleep disorder, without any explicit mandate for active therapy, until the risk of recurrence—of a sleep disorder, and not of a psychiatric disorder—is determined (how? by whom? a psychiatric expert?) to be low enough (how low?) so Chewable zyrtec : that the sleepwalking can be legally re-classified as a “non-insane automatism.”
To summarize: the legal definition of “insanity” in regards to sleepwalking depends solely on the risk of recurrence of the sleepwalking--a frequency criterion that is completely unrelated to any psychiatric symptom).