Sunday, July 31, 2022

Redux: Abused by a COWARDLY psychiatrist (Dr. J and the advice of J. Duncan Dooglethorpe)

    I can't help noticing that among the most popular articles I've ever written on this blog is my note about an ARDC complaint from more than eight years ago, and my attendant speculations at that time.

    I have been practicing law for a bit longer now, and I rather regret having created any impression that I would laugh at the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court. That could be perceived as disrespectful. My actual disrespect was in fact not toward the ARDC, but toward anyone who would file an anonymous complaint and expect to get action.

    When I complain or make an accusation, I put my name on it! I usually add my address and phone number. That's because I am fully confident that any person who intends me harm will run away when I confront them, and any person with good intent will be amenable to my sincere apology if the complaint or accusation turns out to be unfounded.

    I remember Dr. Alicia Martin, although not very well. She probably was not a bad person. I was critical of her (I called her an abuser) because she was a psychiatrist who coerced someone I advocated for. But I honestly don't remember the details behind what I wrote. Now, nearly eight years later, staff at EMHC apparently still read that one blog article more than almost any other....

    Or maybe it's just one person who is obsessed. Maybe it's a psychiatrist to whom I once referred as, "Dr. J". Maybe this is the same person who told the state police that I hated her, although I most assuredly never hated her. Maybe this is the "expert" in mental illness and human behavior who worked very closely, on the same clinical unit for many years, with a serial sex abuser of young black men in custody, the "expert" who now claims she never had any slightest clue (!), the "doctor" who could never act to protect her own patients.

    Or maybe I'm wrong, and you guys will all be laughing at me because Dr. J was so innocent and just couldn't care less about my opinion of her or of Dr. Martin, and never tried to get the ARDC to come after me by filing a complaint from "Anonymous". Maybe Dr. J was a victim, along with her patients, of the criminal genius abuser who had sex with involuntary patients many times over a period of many years, in offices within a few feet of Dr. J's own office, and nobody knew, nobody ever thought to look in through the large window in the office door....

    It may have been J. Duncan Dooglethorpe, who once said, "Never be afraid for people to think you're a fool. Never be embarrassed or intimidated! Just learn quickly enough that you can sneak up on the motherfuckers!"


Friday, July 15, 2022

"Time for a closer look..."

A series of articles is appearing on the website, about the Marilyn Lemak case (Naperville mom killed 3 kids, circa 2001).

Coincidentally with the appearance of this series and the recent Highland Park tragedy, my law partner and I are negotiating settlements and/or preparing for trials in six federal lawsuits against individuals in Illinois’ so-called “forensic mental health system”.

One of those defendants is James P. Corcoran, the top psychiatrist working for this state. In 2001, Corcoran was part of “Team Mental Health” in the Lemak case, and he reportedly interviewed Lemak 43 times. For many years he has appeared to me to be an archetype source/perpetrator, of one very BIG American situation which includes: failed mental health solutions, higher disability rates, higher depression rates, more suicides, more mass shootings, social despair, youth cynicism, drug addiction, etc., etc., ad nauseum

This top state psychiatrist’s evident lies and manipulations once caused my favorite judge, Earl B. Hoffenberg, to comment on the record in court, “I don’t even know what they’re doing anymore, at Elgin Mental Health Center!” 

Corcoran’s office and the Elgin plantation will likely be an early destination for Bobby Crimo III. You may recall that on two or more occasions in the past, the police investigated threats from this killer, but they never took his guns away, because "...mental health professionals were handling the matter." I think everyone can agree that if this is how mental health professionals handle threats, if this is the way they deal with insanity, if this is the "protection" they offer our communities, then we don't need them.

If the forensic mental health system were actually, openly selling Illinois taxpayers dead innocents, terror, tragedy, degradation... we would certainly refuse to buy it. If the taxpayers notice what they are really getting for their money, they will stop paying. Each one of several thousand individuals being held in psychiatric slavery in this state costs $800-1000 per day. When they are released, they will each be a greater threat than they ever were before. They absolutely will not be "cured" by psychiatric "treatment".

Since the pandemic, and maybe since the publicity in late 2017, about events behind our current lawsuits, Elgin Mental Health Center has been falling apart. In the last few days I've had conversations with patients and staff about unprecedented numbers of retirements, unprecedented simultaneous pressure from up the food chain in the Illinois Department of Human Services and from patients down on the clinical units, unprecedented levels of stress on the administration.

The author of the second article in the series wrote, “…in many cases, the shooters had been ‘in treatment’... It’s time for a closer look at the nature of that treatment.”

A closer look at the psychiatric plantations in Illinois will get lots of people in trouble. Here's the solution. Quit now, and close it down!

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Over the target

 It's fascinating how people give themselves away. I recently watched a TV series, The Lincoln Lawyer, which depicted an attorney who hired a professional poker player to consult on jury selection. What an amazing tactical idea! Witnesses who are lying, or who desperately try to avoid testifying so they won't have to lie, stand out like a sore thumb.

I almost have enough business, enough cases now, that I could be tempted to "save time" by backing off from resistance when I encounter it from opponents in litigation. My idol, W.T. "Billy the Torch" Sherman was supposedly more circumspect than his contemporaries Grant and Lee, preferring to break off combat when it appeared too costly, in favor of operational and strategic maneuver. It's a normal human reaction: "Hey, let's look for an easier hill to take, this one is too strongly defended." Sherman was brilliant.

On the other hand, the flak gets heaviest when you are over the target. If you are not attacked you might not be on target. I have frequently been attacked, by the plantation overseers and the slave masters at Elgin Mental Health Center; and funny thing (!), the attacks are almost always about this blog. It rather amazes me that virtually all of my readers are EMHC staff (plus an occasional family member of an EMHC "patient", and one notable Assistant Illinois Attorney General). I usually tweet about each new article when I first post it. But the one thing that predictably increases my readership the most is when I put some overseer's name in the headline.

I'm not putting anyone's name in today's headline. But I'm as convinced as I've ever been that we are over the target. The sexual abuse cases keep on coming to our law firm, and there will be several new filings before the end of this year. Almost everyone who ever calls me has some story, mild or severe, that dovetails with the theme that forensic psychiatric "patients" in Illinois are seen by the people running the system as property. If a social worker or some other kind of middling overseer wants to use that property for their private sexual gratification, they feel entitled and everyone else will turn a blind eye. Sean Gunderson's recent article for Mad In America is probably the best explanation of this.

Elgin patients are psychiatric slaves. They know it very well. The public knows it, too, when they hear or read about custodial sexual abuse. Hitting that target will be effective.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Cara Wueste, and other details

Some months ago, I wrote about the glaring contrast between certain elements of orthodox psychiatric faith on one hand, and the reality of individual human experience and society, on the other hand. My article was somewhat of a self-reflection, but I tried to assume the point of view, as best I could estimate it, of a representative or typical Elgin Mental Health Center staff member.

Cara Wueste is one low-ranking overseer on the Elgin plantation. Her supervisor is probably (not 100% certain) Peggy Gibble, a somewhat higher-ranking overseer. But in any event, both of them are among a dozen or so people who might have considerable perspective about sexual abuse of psychiatric slaves, and complicity in the institution. I called Cara this morning to see if she would have a simple conversation with my partner and me, at a time of her convenience and place of her choosing. She responded that she would have to check with her supervisor on that.

The fact is, we would prefer to avoid issuing a subpoena for Cara's (or Peggy's) formal deposition under oath. What a supervisor at EMHC might have to do with whether Cara could have an informal conversation with us is a matter of some curiosity. After all, if she's not even under oath she can theoretically lie with impunity; and she's every bit as able to avoid disclosing information that would be confidential or HIPAA protected. 

Are plantation staff so controlled that they must ask permission to talk to anyone who asks them about their work? Certainly there is no liability to the plantation (EMHC/IDHS), and there are potential advantages, if Cara speaks to us informally. She could give us any false information or positive reports that might be to her employer's advantage. She could just find out what we want to know or what we think, or what our current attitude is. And if she's a loyal employee and we are considered to be opponents of the institution in legal matters, Cara could absolutely refuse or avoid giving us any helpful information, while scoping us out and reporting back.

My impression is that the reason Cara Wueste would have to get permission from her supervisor to have any informal conversation with the Law Offices of Kretchmar & Cecala, is that everyone on the plantation has been told explicitly not to talk to us, ever, at risk of losing their jobs. 

The masters up in the big house do not trust the lowly overseers, who actually supervise and care for the slaves, who are the masters' valuable property. The masters don't think the overseers are smart enough to know what to say or what not to say to dangerous opposition lawyers.

Or... maybe they want to hide the truth. Maybe they know that the overseers are not all willing to help with that. maybe they just don't trust their own employees.

And you guys better be careful.... If you read this or hand it around, don't get caught!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Intimidation of witnesses

There are almost as many witnesses to abuse in the psychiatric plantation system as there are people. The overseers have to prevent all those witnesses from publicly testifying about it. 

Consider what could happen if the public knew, e.g., that one young woman just gave birth to a baby conceived while she was an involuntary psychiatric patient; that another female patient who had been “passed around” among male staff was taken for a colonoscopy which turned into a secret hysterectomy that she had never consented to and that she only found out about many months after the fact; that female clinical staff frequently sexually harass and even rape male patients with impunity. What if the newspapers and TV networks suddenly came out with all these true stories from Elgin Mental Health Center?

What could happen is... public cynicism about so-called “forensic mental health.” There could even be demands for compliance with United Nations standards and recommendations: involuntary “hospitalization” and forced “treatment” could become illegal, as denial of substantive due process, and torture. Then the plantations would be closed. The public fisc would be rejuvenated, and justice would be better served; but lots of state employees would be out of work. A horror show — they can’t let that happen!

Hence there must be intimidation of anyone who would speak poorly about psychiatric slavery. Patients and staff who might say “diagnosis is bullshit and treatment sucks” must be convinced that they will suffer longer incarceration, or lose their jobs and licenses. 

Anyone who wants to tell the truth must be threatened into silence. They must know they will get in serious trouble. Even when they have been retired for years, they must still be made to feel the power of their former bosses. They have to be made to understand that the overseers and the masters can accuse them of anything, anything at all, and make it stick.

Thus for example… if a member of the clinical staff has a sexual affair with a patient for years, under the noses of supposed experts in human behavior, frequently in full view of security, with constant rumors circulating throughout the facility, and with explicit warnings issuing from comrades about the suspicions of administrators… no one talks about it, no one reports it. They are all afraid of what will happen to them if they get involved. It’s just a lot easier to say, “Well you know, I never actually saw them having sex myself.”

But the story doesn’t hold up. There are leaks and obvious lies and, here and there, people who aren’t afraid. Slowly, panic creeps higher and higher up the food chain. Somebody gets stupid, and they threaten a witness.

At the Elgin plantation it’s second nature to threaten a witness. Everyone threatens patients after all, that’s the primary modus operandi for obtaining compliance. You can’t convince anyone that the drugs are really good for them, or that the diagnoses make any sense. So you tell them that unless they comply with debilitating treatments, and swear fealty to arbitrary, dehumanizing labels, they’ll never get out. Once in a while you make an example out of some non-compliant slave: you keep them locked up longer; you get a goon squad to hold them down and force a needle into them. 

But ultimately it’s not easy. You may have to commit, or be complicit in crimes. That’s what’s happening now.

Don’t mess with my witnesses, guys! I’ll nail you for it. 

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Give my love to Drew Beck

There are actually a lot of EMHC staff who do not abuse patients. This is a good thing. 

On the other hand, there are little groups, or cliques which form, as in any human society. Customs and politics get subtle and complicated. Soon enough, almost everything turns into policy and procedure.

If somebody is part of your little group, if they are your best friend, you don’t want to be too different from them. You want to enjoy what they enjoy, or be interested in what they are interested in. At least, you want to understand what they are thinking. And you usually want to give your own people a break. Your own people inspire more loyalty than the abstract rules.

In the nuthouse there is supposed to be a high common purpose: to “treat” patients effectively so that they recover from their mental illnesses. The trouble is, nobody really knows what mental illnesses are to begin with. Plus, bad behavior is also commonly punished. These things get hopelessly confused, and the high common purpose is rather discredited. A renowned mental health center degenerates to a psychiatric slave plantation.   

One of the more ironic things about “treatment” is how the models have bounced around among mutually exclusive concepts. Not so long ago, psychoanalysis held that sexuality was fundamental to being human, and mental heeling necessarily had to traverse sexual aberrations. But as soon as the profession started forgetting Freud in favor of "medical science" (meaning really "drugs ├╝ber alles"), sexuality was excluded or even (in institutions) actively suppressed. This proved to be an extremely dicey project. At the Elgin plantation, most psychiatric slaves are allowed pornography, but nobody ever dreams that professional staff would ever have sex with a patient, perish the thought!

Since it is felony sexual abuse for staff to have sex with a patient, or to allow patients to have sex with each other, there is a whole lot of detailed policy and procedure about this, most of it misunderstood and/or neglected. Right now the Illinois psychiatric plantation system is being sued by at least half a dozen plaintiffs seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages, all because the idiot slave masters failed to confront, and remain incapable of confronting, the truly complicated nature of a human being.

My law firm will have an unlimited supply of plaintiffs and claims going forward, until the so-called "forensic mental health system" as it now exists in Illinois is completely dismantled. Sooner or later the taxpayers (not to mention the well-intended people who are working inside the system and therefore know its corruption best) will say enough.

There was once a discussion among several EMHC staff with whom I have had the pleasure to work, about the incoherence of trying to run a Moral Reconation Therapy program alongside the absolute demand for "insight" into mental illness as a brain disorder. That was minor, even subtle-bordering-on-invisible incoherence, compared to saying, "Of course we never suspected any sexual activity between staff and patients...."

It would make me laugh, but for the suicide attempts, unplanned pregnancies, bloody malpractice, etc.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

What Corcoran and his ilk wanted to prevent


to Sean Gunderson
Northeastern Illinois University
Graduating class of 2022
"summa cum laude"