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The Mental Health Aspects in The Case of Michael Jackson/Speaker:Seanchai

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Rev Dr Catherine M Gross

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Taken from "The Untold Story" Janet Arvizo's testimony was so bizarre and disjointed that many people inside the courtroom began to question her mental health. “Courtroom observers gossiped furiously about Janet during the breaks, wondering why the prosecution would have put this witness on at all,” crime reporter Aphrodite Jones commented in her book on the trial..., Michael Jackson Conspiracy. “Janet had become a joke, and most people thought the woman was out of her mind. . . people watched with amazement, waiting for the next crazy thing to come out of her mouth.” Dr John Hochman, a psychiatrist who examined the family at the request of JC Penney during the case, argued that Janet Arvizo was suffering from schizophrenia and was experiencing delusions. Dr Hochman, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at UCLA, stated in a report on Ms Arvizo that she was delusional and may have fabricated the allegations against the security guards, and that her children appeared to have been rehearsed. In his report Dr Hochman stated that Ms Arvizo “didn't want to remember anything about her prior psychiatric treatment”, and that “her general demeanor alternated between a blunted state and tearful hysteria”. He also said that Gavin found the incident more frightening than his battle with cancer and that he and his brother still feared that “the bad people from JC Penney's” would hurt them [first published in the Santa Barbara News Press, November 2004].