Skip to comments.Illinois University Says Professor Who Killed His Georgetown Family Will Keep His Job
Posted on 08/02/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT by texanyankee
Administrators at the private Millikin University in Illinois will allow a longtime psychology professor to keep his job after learning that he killed his family in Georgetown in 1967 and was committed to a state mental hospital until 1974.
The professors name was James Gordon Wolcott until he changed it to James St. James in Nacogdoches, after his release from the mental facility. He has taught at Millikin since 1986 and is the chairman of the universitys Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Millikin University has only recently been made aware of Dr. St. James past, says a statement issued by the university Thursday. Given the traumatic experiences of his childhood, Dr. St. James efforts to rebuild his life and obtain a successful professional career have been remarkable. The University expects Dr. St. James to teach at Millikin this fall.
The story of St. James past has been widely reported this week in the media. He is now 61 years old and declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday.
He was 15 years old when he shot and killed his father, Gordon Wolcott; his mother Elizabeth Wolcott and his sister, 17-year-old Elizabeth Wolcott at their Georgetown home on Aug. 5, 1967.
Tried for the death of his father, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1968. He was committed to Rusk State Hospital and released after he was found sane in 1974. The indictments for the murder of his sister and mother were dismissed because it was determined that he was also insane at the time of their deaths, officials have said.
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Chairman of the university psychology department - so it all makes sense.....
Makes sense to have a crazy person in charge of a psychology department. He has real insight. Probably teaches “abnormal psych”. ;-)
His background references are glue sniffing.....
“The inmates are running the asylum.”
No longer just a metaphor.
I wonder who this a hole voted for.
The University probably felt sorry for him because he’s an orphan.
Sounds like a perfect candidate for tenure at any University.
if they only recently found out, does that mean he withheld this info? did he lie on his paperwork?
If so, why not fire him?
Six years for a triple murder? Now that’s insane.
The inmates are running the universities....
And no one at the University went over his resume?
What did he put down on his resume to cover the 6 years he was in a mental hospital. If he omitted those years or put down something different, he would be terminated in many organizations.
The professor and the psychiatrists who coddled him during his rehab all seem to share the belief that an individual human life has no special value, so why not be a sociopath? To each his own. Sadly, that is the lesson this story teaches, and it sounds as if the students “St. James” teaches are eating it up.
Rusk State Hospital ‘was’ for the serious sick people. Located in Rusk , E.Tx. Dont know if it is still for
those specific types.
Let me see if I’ve got this straight .... He used to be insane but he’s not insane anymore ? How does that happen ?
Well, he got out of the in on the sane
Hey...maybe he was just having a bad day.
It's not like he was a closet Tea Party conservative or FReeper or anything truly horrific like that.
what a little pr8ck
Of course he is. The crazy medical students tend to end up as the Psychiatrists.
What’s his DU handle?
Purportedly, one of James psychiatrists felt he didnt deserve to be incarcerated and invited James to live in his own home.
According to Martin McClains account, the doctor and his wife became sort of surrogate parents, apparently trusting James around their family. Medical records have since been destroyed, but in 1974, the hospital administrator sent a letter to the Williamson County District Attorney stating that James was no longer suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and requested a competency hearing.
Just six years after shooting his entire family, a jury declared James Wolcott sane after only ten minutes of deliberation, making him a free man. "
And when James goes insane yet again ?.....he’s teaching in a university for mercy sakes.
Yep, it is still a bad place.
I’ll bet when he tells a junior faculty member to do something they hop to it.
If the college wants to pay to retire him, I have no complaints but he ought to be stripped of any active titles and be forced to retire instead of teaching.
Remember when the Left complained that Reagan emptied all the mental health facilities back in the 80’s? Well, this is what happened to them. They now teach your kids and chair university departments where they can be crazy as loons and the Leftist zombies will call them enlightened.
Exactly. Lying on an employment application, especially about an incident of this magnitude, should be grounds for immediate termination.
I’ve always been an almost dangerously optimistic person. Now, I’m getting more than a little tired of the way this world is going. Maybe I’m just too old.
A mass murderer in charge of the psych department, a traitorous foreigner in the oval office, a pervert flasher running (seriously) for mayor of New York, a prostitute’s john running for Controller of same, the Fed spending borrowed money we will never be able to pay back, the most common game hunted by black people is black people, it’s all mad.
A cynic must find it hard to keep up.
Oh ... OK ,,, a JURY ! Now I understand.
Maybe the university will next hire BTK as their dean .
I don’t know—it’s easy to judge without thinking this through...
We have Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity laws in most every state. I do not think that this is a bad idea... There are certainly seriously insane people out there. However, most psychotic people are not a danger to others, but that is the common culture template we all expect. Hence the law.
So I ask, What Would Jesus Do?
I strongly believe schizophrenia, like many other mental diseases, has an organic cause. We know little but curiously find that certain drugs can keep the scrambled, misaligned thoughts under control or stop them outright, in some patients. Why is that? Someone with schizophrenia cannot just snap out of it, nor are they faking.
Is it possible for a schizophrenic to get better? Even to no longer be afflicted with the disease? Yes, I think that is certainly possible.
Now, some would argue for a sentence of Guilty, but Insane, so that after recovery, that person who committed so heinous a crime, would continue to serve a sentence that a criminal, but not sane, person would receive.
However, there still remains a huge difference between someone evil, or with evil intent versus someone whose whole brain is scrambled, malfunctioning, and clearly not in control of it at all.
I would not be so glib as some of you as to whatever liberalism you see being portrayed in this story. I think it is complex, and strikes me as one of those issues we need to consider when having a judicial system that has a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity verdict.
In defense of you all, I would say we have all heard of evil criminals who try to use the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity verdict to weasel out of the Justice they deserve. It is to those that our anger should be consumed! Not those who are truly insane. In a perfect world, people would not suffer the horror and pain of insanity. It is (and I am not personally aware of this-LOL) an unbelievable nightmare of pain and suffering.
My hometown. Read this story in the local paper. He was a budding anarchist peacenik and glue sniffer. If he were tried today for the same offense, our local conservative prosecutor would have him already bound for Huntsville for his lethal injection appointment.
Dunno that I can blame them. I don’t think they COULD get rid of him without a very expensive lawsuit.
he was 15 when he slaughtered his family... he was in his early 20s when he left the asylum... those years would not have been covered on his resume... say he went to college in his early 20s, got his degree... got his first job... that's where the resume might begin chronologically...
Libs protect libs. It’s what they do.
i am not excusing him at all, but he was 15... and declared mentally insane... not convicted of a crime... because of his age, and all the privacy laws, he probably didn't have to disclose this "incident," no matter how horrendous... weird indeed that he is in behavioral sciences...
Well, at least he is not a Christian TEA Partier!!
hear, hear, Alas Babylon!
You know he’s got to be a liberal too...
i am not at all surprised the University is keeping him on... that anybody here is surprised surprises me...
I am surprised that you don’t see more parents rebelling against this sort of insanity. But hey - our own military had a jihadist “counseling” our soldiers.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (English Standard Version)
English Standard Version (ESV)
Godlessness in the Last Days
3 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
“...a classmate indicated in a deposition that his father wouldnt allow him to go to a peace rally, insisted that he cut his hair, and wouldnt let him wear his anti-Vietnam buttons...”
The dark Hippie side is powerful in this one.
i am not surprised at the parents... by the time their kids get to college, they have had years of stepping aside to govt authority in govt schools, even when they disagreed...
Only one thing is for certain now; his students will never argue about their grade with him again.